BY KENNETH NYANGANI
A bid to investigate a housing development project in Mutare being undertaken by Destiny of Afrika Network (Danet) is facing resistance from the provincial leadership amid allegations of embezzlement of funds and corruption.
The provincial team led by Wilson Masokovere and Temba Sauramba is accused of trying to stop an audit that was sanctioned by Obadiah Msindo, the founder and president of the project.
According to court documents filed by Msindo at the Mutare civil magistrate court against Masokovere and Sauramba, the duo are said to be using all manner of tactics, including violence, in a bid to stop the investigation.
The two were allegedly suspended for frustrating the audit by unleashing violence on those who had been assigned to carry out the inspection of the project’s finances.
But they defied the order, resulting in Msindo seeking an order to bar them from accessing the offices and allow the audit to go through so that its finances are cleaned.
“Despite the previous written warning, your wilful and intentional disrespectful and insubordinate conduct has continued.
“You obstructed the audit of the books of accounts of Destiny of Afrika Network Housing project whose main purpose was to clear your name from the accusation of abuse of funds and office” read part of the court papers.
The blocking of the audit team has put the project at risk of being stopped, with Msindo alleging that funds meant for development had been looted by the duo.
Danet, according to court papers, was established in 2003 and initiated various housing projects in Nyanga, Buhera and Hauna with targets being pastors, teachers and nurses.
The papers state that when the audit team arrived in Mutare, thugs were allegedly hired by the duo to assault them and a police report was made at Mutare Central Police Station, but no arrests have been made.
The two, in their response, denied allegations that they unleashed terror.
They claimed Msindo had no authority to appoint the audit team as this decision was made without the full support of other members of the trust running the affairs of Danet.
Masokovere admitted that he was appointed to the trust by Msindo to temporarily lead the Mutare project after the expiry of the term of office of the trust in May.
The matter is set to be heard on October 27 by the Mutare provincial magistrate court.