Govt probes Aids council, Noczim

Godfrey Marawanyika

GOVERNMENT has ordered the Comptroller and Auditor-General to launch a full scale probe on the Aids Levy and the accounts of National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim), after receiving com

plaints of abuse of funds, it emerged this week.


The move is meant to bring accountability in the two institutions that have benefited from public money.


Government collects at least $10 billion every month in Aids Levy, which is handled by the National Aids Council (NAC). Employees contribute 3% of their salary to the levy.


Health and Child Welfare minister David Parirenyatwa said the ministry had ordered an audit on NAC to ascertain how funds were spent.


“We want to know how the public funds were spent,” Parirenyatwa said. “We have to be accountable for these funds. I am waiting for that report.”

Acting Minister of Finance Herbert Murerwa said he was not at liberty to discuss the audit of the Aids Levy funds and Noczim.


“I cannot say anything on it right now. Talk to the permanent Secretary, Willard (Manungo) or the principal director, Judith Katera.”

Manungo was not in the office yesterday.


Katera, the principal director in the Ministry of Finance, referred all questions to accountant general, Judith Madzorera, who was said to be out of office yesterday.


Since inception, Noczim’s accounts have been subjected to various national probes without any prosecution.


Last year the central bank ordered a probe into the misuse of Noczim funds after the parastatal failed to deliver fuel to various government departments.