NATIONAL Social Security Authority (NSSA) director of corporate affairs, David Makwara, appeared in court to answer charges of allegedly duping the entity of over US$180 000.
Makwara was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje, who released him unconditionally, as he was not in police custody.
The court heard that in August last year, Makwara hatched a plan to defraud NSSA by misrepresenting to the entity that Zivo Project Management (Pvt) Limited would do renovations worth US$182 661.
Makwara had earlier approached Nigel Mahachi, the project manager at Zivo Project Management, asking for a quotation for proposed renovations at 5 Ruwanga Road in Mandara.
Investigations by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission revealed that Mahachi submitted a bill of quantity for the proposed renovations and an invoice of US$182 661. It is alleged that Makwara fraudulently submitted it to NSSA for payment.
NSSA paid the money into the Zivo Project Management’s bank account.
After the money reflected in the Zivo Project Management’s bank account, Makwara told Mahachi to refund him in cash, minus charges and other associated costs.
This was against NSSA policy, which doesn’t allow individuals to be paid money for home improvement directly unless prior approval is granted.
In a bid to get cash for Makwara, Zivo Project Management allegedly transferred US$171 600 to the Mashwede Diesel Services account and he was given US$165 000 cash.
The court heard that in June this year, Makwara invited Mahachi to see the renovations which were being done at his house.
He gave him handwritten notes, with 15 items to be included in the initial bill of quantity submitted to him by Zivo Project Management, in case they were approached by the authorities.
NSSA was prejudiced of US$182 661, and nothing was recovered.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.