Nssa ‘can’t find’ land it bought

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Brian Chitemba In­ves­ti­ga­tions Ed­i­tor

THE Na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity Author­ity “can­not lo­cate” a US$3,4 mil­lion piece of land in Chegutu that it bought us­ing pen­sion­ers’ money.

In her re­port on state en­ter­prises and paras­tatals for the fi­nan­cial year ended De­cem­ber 31, 2016, Au­di­tor-Gen­eral Mrs Mil­dred Chiri said Nssa bought land in Chegutu’s Hin­tonville Ex­ten­sion and then claimed it could not find it.

“There was no ev­i­dence of a writ­ten han­dover takeover be­tween new ex­ec­u­tives and their pre­de­ces­sors. Han­dover takeover should have been doc­u­mented and agreed be­tween the con­cerned of­fi­cers. As an ex­am­ple, land in Chegutu, Hin­tonville Ex­ten­sion val­ued at US$3 419 000 was writ­ten off in the year ended De­cem­ber 31, 2016 as the author­ity could not lo­cate the land.”

Mrs Chiri also noted that Nssa had sev­eral in­vest­ments that had been ly­ing idle “for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time”.

The prop­er­ties in­clude the Dr Joshua Nkomo-ini­ti­ated Ekusileni Med­i­cal Cen-

tre, Na­tional Blan­kets, Wood­lands Town House, and num­ber 8 He­lens Drive in Harare.

Mean­while, the au­dit said the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion did not have ti­tle deeds for three houses val­ued at US$2,4 mil­lion al­lo­cated to its em­ploy­ees.

“The com­mis­sion had no ti­tle deeds for the houses or any other documentary ev­i­dence that proved own­er­ship.

“The houses were di­rectly al­lo­cated to the com­mis­sion’s em­ploy­ees. Upon en­quiry, I was ad­vised that the mat­ter was un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and as a re­sult I was not able to ver­ify own­er­ship of these houses. The com­mis­sion may have no le­gal re­course in the event of a le­gal dis­pute over own­er­ship of the houses.”

In re­sponse Zacc said it was mak­ing fol­low-ups on the ti­tle deeds.

Zacc was also prej­u­diced of US$400 000 af­ter it bought its Mt Pleas­ant of­fices for US$1 680 000 in­stead of US$1 200 000.

Mrs Chiri also pointed out flout­ing of ten­der pro­ce­dures when the Cen­tral Me­chan­i­cal Equip­ment De­pot pro­cured one mil­lion litres of fuel with­out go­ing to ten­der; while TIMB in­curred costs amount­ing to US$7 mil­lion with­out State Pro­cure­ment Board ap­proval.

She went on, “The Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe bought goods worth US$1,4 mil­lion that were not de­liv­ered, some of these date back as far as 2011.”

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