Suspended Registrar General Masango in fresh charges

Suspended Registrar General Masango in fresh charges

It never rains but pours for suspended Registrar General Clemence Masango whom we have learnt has been summoned by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) over a fuel coupons scam.

ZACC summoned Masango in connection with fresh charges related to abuse of fuel coupons in a scam that the investigating body alleged prejudiced the central registry department of over $100 000.

The anti-corruption body has since arrested two officials from the RG’s office on Tuesday who are also implicated in the scam. The two are expected to appear in court soon.

Masango was summoned today for questioning by ZACC for interrogation over allegations that he and his two accomplices abused fuel coupons through claiming more than approved quantities of fuel and use them for personal errands.

Those arrested on Tuesday are Benjamin Makiwa who was a transport officer in the department and Arthur Mathews who was employed as Masango’s personal driver.

Zacc spokesperson, Commissioner John Makamure has confirmed they were keen to interview Masango and that they had arrested two other persons although he could not give further details.

“There are several and widespread investigations that are currently ongoing in various Government departments including the Registrar General’s Office,” said Comm Makamure.

Masango is currently on suspension without salary and allowances after he was arraigned before the courts facing charges of criminal abuse of office as a public officer after he allegedly instructed CMED to buy a double cab and six single cab pick-up trucks without Cabinet approval before using the vehicles at his farm.

He has denied all the charges saying the process of buying the cars started long before he assumed duty as Registrar-General and that payments were made before he assumed duty in September 2018.

He said he found no reason to seek authority from accounting officers as CMED is mandated to procure vehicles on behalf of the Government.

Masango also denied misusing Government vehicles at his farm saying he only acquired the land in December last year.