ZINARA former top executives have been arraigned to the courts in charge of frauds of property worth $319 925.00. Frank Chitukutuku (former executive director) , Miriam Sibanda, Thomas Mutizhe (former finance director) and Givemore Tendai Kufa (engineer) at ZINARA appeared before magistrate Josephine Sande facing theft allegations.
In august 2010, the accused acting in connivance hatched a plan to defraud ZINARA of millions of dollar using Miriam Sibanda as a conduit.
Pursuant to their plan, Patson Mlilo (CEO for Bubi District Council) and Collen Moyo (CEO for Umguza District Council) who are still at large fraudulently awarded a tender to accused Sibanda to rehabilitate 31km Illitshe road, a gravel road that links Umguza and Bubi Rural District in Matebeleland North Province. The tender was also to construct a six span bridge across Umguza River along the same road all to tune of US3 500 000-00.
The accused persons created a tripartite relationship for the successful implementation of their hatched plan where ZINARA was represented by Chitukutuku were funding for the purported projects and funds remained on their ZINARA Bank accounts.
Umguza and Bubi Rural District Councils represented by Patson Mlilo and Collen Moyo were the purported beneficiaries of the projects since the road and bridge were in their areas of jurisdiction and their responsibility was to ensure that the accused Sibanda carried out the rehabilitation work as was purportedly agreed.
The accused were ordered by order of court to pay $2000 bail each and are to appear on 28th of September for trial.