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    Looted Gov vehicles, audit ordered

    Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe.

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    MATTHEW TAKAONA HARARE – The Permanent Secretary for Public Service Commission (PSC), Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe has ordered an inventory of vehicles at all PSC posts throughout the country following allegations of massive looting of Government cars by civil servants in senior positions. Ambassador Wutawunashe confirmed the development in written answers to questions raised by The Mirror. There are allegations that brand new vehicles are disappearing from Government stations, particularly head office and finding their way into private homes after serving for just a year or with mileage as low as 1 000km. “In compliance with inventory control requirements, I instructed administrators to submit a comprehensive list of vehicles on the official inventory at all PSC posts countrywide,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe. He said that the process had already started and submission of information is completed. The Mirror was for example recently given a list of four trendy vehicles that allegedly disappeared from the Salary Service Bureau (SSB) some months back. Checking with the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR).The Mirror established that one of those trend vehicles, a Toyota Hilux double cab is now registered in the name of a former Permanent secretary at the PSC. Another Hilux is still registered under SSB but it has not been seen at Government stations for months. The fate of a brand new Ford Ranger could not be established by The Mirror at the time of going to Press. Two weeks ago The Mirror gave a detailed report of alleged rampant corruption in the PSC and SSB under previous managers. The Mirror also reported the suspension of the SSB Chief Paymaster Brighton Chiuzungo on allegations of awarding himself a salary increase. Although there are allegations that Chiuzungo is among those alleged to have illegally collected Government vehicles, Ambassador Wutawunashe could not confirm this. “The list submitted to me corresponds with the official acquisition records, and includes all vehicles assigned for official use at all stations. In that context, the head of each station was required to confirm details of inventory assigned to their station for accounting purposes. “Vehicles on the official inventory are registered as Government vehicles,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe. 

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