THE Attorney-General’s office has ordered the police to investigate Zimpapers on allegations of gross corruption in the company’s vehicle purchasing system that has cost the company millions of dollars.
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and show that acting Director of Public Prosecutions Joseph Jagada last month wrote to one Assistant Commissioner Nyathi at Harare Central instructing him to institute an investigation into allegations of corruption at Zimpapers.
The AG’s office was responding to a complaint from senior Zimpapers officials who claimed the company was being invoiced money for new vehicles when it was receiving second-hand cars.
“Can you please institute an investigation into the complaint and if we can also be updated on the progress of the investigation,” reads Jagada’s letter to Asst Commissioner Nyathi dated April 10.
Jagada also ordered the police to investigate the reinstatement of Adolf Majome — Zimpapers’ financial director — who was previously arrested on allegations of corruption but the company later withdrew the charges.
“If it is correct that Mr Majome was reinstated as the chairman of the purchase committee, after his arrest on allegations of corruption arising from his functions in the same post, then this raises eyebrows and is a cause for concern. There is reasonable basis to warrant an investigation,” Jagada said in the letter.
Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said he was checking the details. “You can phone me later after I have checked the details,” Mandipaka said.
Sources in the police force said Zimpapers group chief executive Justin Mutasa was last week called in to record a statement on the alleged corruption.
The other high ranking official whose statement was recorded last week is group internal auditor Andrew Chinyama, the sources said.
A source said the group’s vehicle purchase system was skewed with the CEO and the financial director being the only people to decide on what to purchase, opening the system to abuse.
“The corruption charges emerged from the purchase of a Nissan Hardbody 2.7D truck which was initially rejected by the group’s vehicle maintenance department as too old,” the source said.
“The vehicle was taken back to the supplier, reconditioned and resold as new to Zimpapers,” the source said. — Staff Writer.