Elizabeth Mashiri - CHIREDZI – The Commercial Sugarcane Farmers Association (CSFA) based in Chiredzi has suspended its secretary general Roy Bhila and treasurer Bere on allegations that the two have swindled the organisation of some funds.
The suspensions are with immediate effect.
According to the minutes of the meeting which was held on June 24 2014, Bhila and Bere allegedly connived to embezzle association funds.
Admore Hwarare who is the chairman of the association confirmed the suspensions in an interview with The Mirror.
Efforts to get a comment from the two accused were fruitless.
He said the matter is at the moment still internal although CID had wanted to come in and investigate the case.
The minutes indicate that it was the members of the association who brought the allegations against the two officials and had called for the CID to investigate. However, Hwarare as the chairman ordered that an internal investigation be carried out first before outsiders were brought in.
The meeting alleged that Bhila and Bere were authorising each other to access dubious allowances when they attended association meetings and that was not constitutional.
Hwarare alleged that the association's ZB account recorded US$10 000 June revenue but the money was withdrawn to US$570 within five days and the money was never use for association business.
It is also alleged that the two connived and persuaded the association administrator to rent a house in Tshovani High Density Suburb which they alleged was going for US$500 a month.news