NSSA director in over US$182 000 fraud scam

By Fungai Jachi

NATIONAL Social Security Authority (NSSA) Director of Corporate Affairs, David Makwara, appeared in court on charges of fraud this Friday after he allegedly siphoned more than US$180 000 from his firm.

Makwara allegedly used a contractor to siphon the cash out of NSSA after misrepresenting to the organisation that he intended to renovate his home.

The court heard that in August last year Makwara misrepresented that Zivo Project Management (Pvt) Ltd was to carry out renovation works worth US$182 000 at his home.

It is alleged that he had approached Nigel Mahachi, the project manager at Zivo Project Management to give him a quotation for the proposed renovations and was given a quotation.

The State alleged that Makwara submitted the invoice to NSSA for payment and NSSA then transferred the full amount to the contractor.

The court further heard that Makwara corruptly directed the contractor to subtract bank charges and any other associated costs and refund him the money which is against NSSA policy.

It is the State’s case that  in June this year, Makwara invited the contractor to his house to see some renovation work done and sent him some handwritten notes with fifteen items to be included on the bill of quantity in case Zivo Project Management might be approached by the authorities.

He was remanded out of custody to the 15th of September.