Red flag over ZTA rot


Moses Matenga


Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu has instituted a probe into allegations of corruption at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) amid suspicion that board members, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer may have given themselves holiday and grocery allowances unprocedurally.


The latest probe fly in the wake of serious allegations of corruption linked to parastatals and government entities.


In the light of the suspicions, Ndlovu has set up a five-member committee chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Simon Masanga, tasked with investigating operations and dealings of the board.


“The special investigation committee shall be guided by the following terms of reference…The policy on holiday allowances for the ZTA chief executive office, the policy on CEO holiday allowances, whether there are any reference provisions for acting CEO to get holiday allowances as stated in the letter from Office of the President and Cabinet,” the Minister said in the latest Government Gazette.

“…if the CEO benefitted from the Chief Operating Officer allowance and if so, how much? How payments were effected and whether there was board concurrence for acting CEO to get holiday allowances at CEO level,” he added.


The probe also seeks to establish whether there was board concurrence for acting CEO to get holiday allowances at the CEO level and whether there were any breaches in terms of the Corporate Governance Act.


“If so, what are the recommended remedial measures and if there are any loopholes/gaps identified in the allowance system and make recommendations to prevent such occurrences in future,” the Minister said.


The probe team is also seeking to establish whether grocery allowances paid to the ZTA board during the COVID-19 period were in order and whether there was a resolution to that effect.


“The probe will look into how much board members could have received from ZTA and for how long.”


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