Police investigations into the Air Zimbabwe scandal have intensified amid indications they have called upon the State Procurement Board (SPB) to help them establish the extent to which the parastatal flouted tender procedures, businessdigest has established.
Suspended Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd CEO Innocent Mavhunga and his predecessor Peter Chikumba have been arrested on fraud allegations in an insurance scam.
Company secretary Grace Nyaradzo Pfumbidzayi was also nabbed on similar charges. These were based on findings of an audit report by BCA Forensic Auditors last year.
Transport and Infrastructure Development minister Obert Mpofu this month dissolved the Air Zimbabwe board.
The board was accused of mishandling a forensic audit report into the airline’s affairs and failure to inform and advise the minister on developments at the corporation in line with good corporate governance.
A source at the board said police have swarmed their offices as they look to find the extent of tender violations in state enteprises.
“The SPB is working closely with the police officers who want us to help them identify tender violations at Air Zimbabwe,” the source revealed. “The violations are just too many.”
Such is the determination to discover the extent of the tender scams at the airliner that some of the staff at the SPB are now sharing their offices with police officials who are literally stationed there, the sources revealed.
Police are also consulting with the board over the report on the tender rot in state hospitals exposed in a 151 page report by the National Economic Conduct Inspectorate (NECI) as they look to bring the perpetrators to book.
The report reveals that an inspection in loco was carried out at the Harare Hospital, the first recipient of funding under the Targeted Approach to resuscitate essential health services. This was after an outcry on the state of affairs at that institution.
The 151-page report covers investigations carried out on several government hospitals which include Parirenyatwa, Harare, Mpilo, Mutare, Gweru Provincial, Masvingo Provincial, Marondera Provincial and United Bulawayo Hospitals.
The report says that state hospitals are riddled with massive corruption, underhand dealings as well as flouting of the SPB regulations and procedures in the procurement of medical equipment.