MASVINGO – Five Masvingo-based Government auditors under the Ministry of Home Affairs have appeared in court on allegations of over-claiming travel and subsistence allowances when they audited Government departments at Rutenga and Mwenezi.
They claimed that their mission to Mwenezi lasted forseven days and yet they were there for only two days.
The accused appeared before Magistrate Peter Madimba. It is the State case that during the period extending from June 8, 2016 at the Ministry of Home Affairs Offices, Masvingo, Solomon Matindike, Zacharia Padhuze, Nyaradzo Nyanyiwa, Dzingirai Chikati and Jophat Hove made a misrepresentation to the Ministry represented by Exavier Chisoko.
All except Chikati are employed by Home Affairs as auditors stationed at Masvingo. Hove is a Chief Auditor based in Harare.
Complainant is the State represented by Chisoko.
The State alleges that on March 23, 2016 each of the accused persons applied for advance travelling and subsistence allowance for an audit to be conducted at Rutenga Registry Offices, CID Mwenezi and ZRP Mwenezi. Both applications were approved on April 6, 2016 and an amount of US$355-00 was paid into each of the accused person's bank accounts and the amount was meant for a period of seven days.
On May 23, 2016 the accused left Masvingo for Mwenezi to conduct the audits at Mwenezi District Registry.
On the second day the accused persons conducted the audits at ZRP Mwenezi and Criminal Investigation Department Mwenezi Upon the completion of the audits they came back to Masvingo on the same date.
Total value defrauded is US$1 370 each person claimed US$274.
The State is represented by Coster Sesenyani.