ZINARA implements recommendations from forensic audit
By John Nhandara
THE Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) is instituting a raft of measures to restore normalcy at the parastatal after a forensic audit exposed maladministration and unearthed serious abuse of public funds.
ZINARA officials were this Monday summoned by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts to explain progress made in implementing recommendations of a forensic audit that exposed maladministration, corruption, and abuse of public funds at the parastatal.
“What have you done to fictitious and invalid contracts that were designed for looting purposes,” said Brian Dube, the committee chairperson.
“What kind of arrangement did you enter with Univern? Was it a private-public partnership or what?” he asked.
In response, ZINARA officials said they have implemented most of the recommendations in line with the Roads Act, while certain contracts which were deemed null and void have also been reviewed and revised,” said Honorable Willias Madzimure, a committee member.
“There were reports of ZINARA failing to comply with procurement laws as a result millions of dollars lost for failing to go to tender. We are now operating within the confines of the Roads Act. We are now subjected to the procurement process,” said George Manyaya, ZINARA board chairperson.
“With Univern we renegotiated terms of the contract because it was costly to terminate the contract. We revised the terms because it was essentially null and void. We brought in other stakeholders such a sour parent ministry,” said Nkosinathi Ncube, ZINARA CEO.
ZINARA courted controversy when the Grant Thornton forensic audit unearthed a corporate governance deficit which led to the parastatal losing millions of dollars through various acts of corruption and maladministration.