A well calculated and systematic plunder of Zimbabwe National Road Authority funds was laid bare in parliament by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and it involved senior government officials and private contractors.
According to a forensic audit report before on Zinara which is under discussion in parliament, more than $100 million has been looted at Zinara by firms such as Univern, Twalumba holdings, Fossils among others all who got road reconstruction tenders and system management deals fraudulently.
For Univern, a software entity, the Zinara board chairperson Micheal Madanha told the committee that although their tolling software and vehicle licencing system had seen increased revenue collection, the deal was disadvantaging the state road authority as the firm was pocketing more than it invested.
“I am meeting with the Univern team to discuss on these contracts. We need to know how much they invested to warrant such a commission. They are taking too much from Zinara,” said Madanha.
The Tendai Biti chaired committee demanded to know why Univern , a company that pockets at least 50% of Zinara gross income after providing with a software for vehicle licence, tolling software, in-transit vehicle billing system as well as vehicle registration system.
The deal was done without going to public tender.
“We want to know really how much they invested in the projects. Also we want to know the status of the infrastructure at the end of the partnership. At the moment, Zinara does not have control of the partnership. We can’t be giving them a commission on gross, it is wrong,” Madanha said.
Also under spot light are road deals that were awarded without tender processes to Zanu PF linked firms
In some cases, companies linked to one individual were awarded various contracts under different names and they mostly did not deliver.