Al­lied Tim­bers CEO freed on bail

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

AL­LIED Tim­bers Zim­babwe Pri­vate Limited chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Sim­bi­sai Sithole and his pro­cure­ment man­ager Jus­tice Chimusaro have ap­peared in court fac­ing two counts of abuse of of­fice af­ter they al­legedly ac­quired a US$64 000 tel­lel­og­ger from Izol Trad­ing Com­pany with­out go­ing to ten­der.

Sithole was also the ac­count­ing of­fi­cer for Al­lied Tim­bers, while Chimusaro’s du­ties in­cluded procur­ing goods and other ser­vices in ac­cor­dance with the Pro­cure­ment Act. The com­plainant is the State. The two, who are be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr Shep­herd Makonyere, ap­peared be­fore Harare mag­is­trate Ms Vic­to­ria Mashamba and were each or­dered to pay $2 000 as bail.

They were re­manded to Novem­ber 13 and or­dered to sur­ren­der their pass­ports and to re­port to their near­est po­lice sta­tions twice a week on Mon­days and Fri­days.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Linda Gadzikwa al­leged that on Jan­uary 28, Al­lied Tim­bers agreed to buy a tel­lel­og­ger ma­chine for use in its sawmills.

Sithole and Chimusaro al­legedly used their in­flu­en­tial po­si­tions and of­fice to en­gage Izol Trad­ing Com­pany to re­con­di­tion a 225 tel­lel­og­ger for US$64 000.

The pair al­legedly did so with­out go­ing to ten­der thereby show­ing favour to Izol.

By fail­ing to fol­low the pre­scribed ten­der pro­ce­dures in the ac­qui­si­tion of as­sets, the pair al­legedly con­tra­vened their du­ties as pub­lic of­fi­cers, which re­quired them to carry out an in­formed ten­der process.

On the sec­ond count, the State al­leged that Al­lied Tim­bers’ per­ma­nently con­tracted at­tor­neys were Maanda and As­so­ciates le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers and Mu­gadza and As­so­ciates.

Some­time in Jan­uary, Sithole and Chimusaro al­legedly out sourced the ser­vices of the com­pany’s con­tracted at­tor­neys with­out the con­sent of the board of di­rec­tors or the pro­cure­ment com­mit­tee of the com­pany. — Her­ald Re­porter.

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