Zacc finances in a mess: Auditor-General

via Zacc finances in a mess: Auditor-General – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 18, 2015 by Charles Laiton

AUDITOR-GENERAL (AG) Mildred Chiri has unearthed massive financial irregularities at the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) where most cash transactions were not recorded in the petty cash book with the anti-graft failing to regularly check its bank reconciliation statements.

In her 2014 audit report, Chiri also urged Zacc to ensure that its Mt Pleasant headquarters were registered in the commission’s name and not in individuals’ names.

“I could not satisfy myself on the accuracy of the reported bank balance as some transactions were posted to the cash books. In addition, there was no petty cash book to account for the transactions that had occurred during the year and the statements of cash flows had an imbalance of ($20 000),” Chiri said.

She said she had noted that there was disbursement of money from Treasury to Zacc through the Ministry of Home Affairs, but there was no evidence of receipt of such funds by the commission.

Chiri’s recommendations came about after the commission was swindled of over $480 000 by its general managers leading to the conviction of former chief executive officer, former police assistant commissioner Ngonidzashe Gumbo.

Gumbo was slapped with a 10-year jail term, but five years were suspended on condition of good behaviour while three years were suspended on condition of forfeiture of his Highlands house leaving him with an effective two-year jail term.

In the same report the AG accused Zacc of failing to submit its accounting books for the year ending 2011, but going by the audited accounts of the year 2010, it had been established that the commission’s financial status was in shambles.

“I have audited the financial statements of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zimbabwe for the year ended December 31, 2010 . . . The commission did not fully account for, in its financial records, funds and assets relating to a housing facility that was part of the a $5,5 million memorandum of understanding capacity enhancement and retention scheme. In addition the commission did not provide documentation on how the housing facility was utilised,” the AG said.

Chiri also said she established that Zacc staff members had no employment contracts in their personal files.

“Through enquiry with some members of staff stationed at the head office, it was confirmed that they had not signed work contracts since joining the commission . . .

The commissioners should comply with the relevant provisions of the Act and set out the terms and conditions of service of the secretariat,” she added.