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Zimondi sucked into prisons poultry scam

by Staff reporter
18 Feb 2020 at 13:16hrs | Views
ZIMBABWE Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner-General Paradzai Zimondi has been sucked into a poultry scam after it was revealed in court yesterday that he allegedly recommended engagement of convicted rapist Munyaradzi Kereke to facilitate donor coordination, banking and finance in the institution.

This was revealed during the trial of Nobert Chomurenga, 58, a senior assistant commissioner heading ZPCS, Harare, Cephas Chiparausha, 43, the chief correctional officer and Tonderai Mutiwaringa, 56, an assistant commissioner facing criminal abuse of offices charges.
The trio was being accused of illegally engaging Humanity Earth Trust —whose founder and patron was said to be Kereke — and received 300 birds for a chicken project before showing preferential treatment to the convicted rapist.

They all denied the offence and claimed that Zimondi was aware of the said project, adding that they did not get individual benefits out of it.

They are being represented by Oscar Gasva, Simon Chabuka and Tinashe Runganga appearing before Harare regional magistrate Amos Mbobo.

ZPCS acting legal director Willie Risiro claimed the institution was not aware of the poultry project until Gasva presented documents showing that Zimondi had recommended Kereke to be taken on board.

"I have with me here a progress report on the advisory role provided by Kereke to ZPCS, an 11-page report giving full details of modest support provided by Kereke as part of his inmate duties as per directions of the commissioner-general," Gasva said.

"He directed that Kereke would use his expertise in project planning, donor coordination, finance and banking to support ZPCS in its rehabilitation … and that Chomurenga was present when the directive was given."

The court heard that the report was copied to officers in charge of prisons institutions around Harare and that prisons benefited a dollar for every bird out of the project.

Chabuka then demonstrated how ZPCS went further giving preferential treatment to Kereke and made reference to complaint letters compiled by Warara and Associates legal practitioners which resulted in a board of enquiry being set up.

He said his clients were sacrificed after relations between Kereke and Zimondi had turned sour.
"You would agree that Kereke has caused enough problems in the ZPCS, that he would be released to his home during weekends, allowed to see one of his wives and even impregnated one and would not preform manual labour," Chabuka said.

Risiro refuted the claims saying they were not proven facts.
The trial continues on February 26.

Source - dailynews