By Phil Tejane|
The Zvishavane Town Council (ZTC) has written to Delta Corporation asking for beer sales records after suspended beerhalls manager Raphael Karanda destroyed records for the entire year 2014 amid theft investigations by the local authority.
Karanda stole beer worth a confirmed $100 000, according to an unfinished audit report gleaned by Now Daily.
The council’s audit manager, a Mr Mugandani, has now written to Delta’s regional manager for Masvingo asking for records after the local office of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed firm refused to do so.
Council and ZRP investigators suspect there was a racket involving beer discounts.
The investigators suspect that Karanda used Delta staff and facilities to sell the stolen beer and share the proceeds.
The council has also lost an unknown amount in funeral pensions and money from land sales, licence and utility fees and fines in a racket that has left residents of this platinum mining town stunned.
Activist group Consumer Action called for the immediate resignation of town secretary Tinoda Mukutu and the entire council management after it emerged that millions had vanished from council coffers.
ZTC chairman Esau Gwatipedza Dube said he would comment in detail once the audit process was complete.
“The audit report is 95 percent complete, so I can only comment when I have the full report,” Gwatipedza Dube said. “We are now going to be investigating every department. A lot of money has been stolen. That is money and resources we could use to develop Zvishavane.”
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