Zimbabwe: Youth Games Audit Nails Officials

Bulawayo — Nine officials have been nailed as having been responsible for various irregularities that marred the 2014 African Union Sports Council Region Five Under-20 Youth Games.

Huge amounts of financial resources remain unaccounted for as well as goods that were purchased well after the end of the Games.

Auditors raised the red flags on Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairperson Khonzani Ncube, chief executive Elkannah Dube as well as two officials from the then Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Mike Dzimati and one Muchada.

The auditors noted that Muchada, a chief quantity surveyor in the ministry, signed off variation orders, serial number 13741 for Combined Services, contract number 9983 at Barbourfields Stadium, despite the fact there were no drawings, site instructions or bills of quantities (BOQ) attached to the variation orders amounting to US$151 616.11.

Muchada also signed off variation orders amounting to US$144 936 under serial numbers 15562 and 13755 for Techno Expert Construction contract 9965 at Luveve Stadium despite the fact that there were no drawings, site instructions or BOQs attached to the orders. He was also responsible for payment variation order 15557 for Olimas Engineering contract at Bulawayo Swimming Pool.

Olimas Engineering got a contract to install a heating system at the pool but the system was never functional during the Games, yet they got paid.

The contract was initially worth US$214 923.50.

Dzimati signed the final acceptance, letter awarding Olimas Engineering the tender, yet the company did not provide a record of similar projects or those that it successfully completed in the past.