Mimosa salary scandal, two appear in court

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ALLIEWAY NYONI

ZVISHAVANE- In a shocking move, only two suspects have so far appeared before the Zvishavane Magistrates court facing fraud charges two months after Mimosa Mining Company allegedly fired over 70 employees who fraudulently obtained hefty salaries through alterations of time sheets and fictitious acting allowances.

The mine suffered huge lose and is alleged to have lost over half a million United States Dollars caused by a syndicate of workers from the mining and accounts sections who allegedly manipulated signatures that authorise overtime and acting allowances.

Prosper Vundurai (40) and Lazarus Madziva (51) who left the platinum mining company two years back have become the prime suspect in a scum that led over 70 employees from low grade to management level lose their jobs after an internal audit revealed that the said employees were earning extra allowances that neither tally with their grades nor did act in capacity to earn such.

Appearing before Zvishavane Magistrate Achy Wochiunga both Vundurai and Madziva denied the charges and the matter is now set for trial on October 24.

According to state prosecutor Faith Mwale, during the period extending from 6 June 2017 to 26 January 2018 Madziva was employed by Mimosa Mine as a Magazine Master and his duties were to order, recieved and distribute explosives for the mine whereas Vundurai was employed as a mining clerk responsible for time sheets.

During the course of work Madziva several other employees connived with Vundurai to raise fictitious Acting Allowance Forms so as to purport one would have acted in the capacity of Mine Captain (managerial position) for a series of shifts.

It is alleged Vundurai would then send the fictitious forms to the mine pay office for payments and he would get a certain percentage of the amount when the fraudulent deal yields.

The money was paid in the employee’s Foreign Currency accounts at either MBCA bank or FBC which Mimosa Mine employees earn their salaries.

Meanwhile, sources privy to the case said all suspended employees where instructed to declare all assets they purchased through the scam as the mine is allegedly trying to recover the lose.

Mimosa Mine is being represented by Chief Security Officer Pagaravanhu Rwatirera.

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