Former Public Service Minister Accused Of Using NSSA Funds On Vote Buying
The former Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Petronella Kagonye forced the National Social Security (NSSA) board to shell out US$400,000 to her political campaign.
This was revealed by Robin Vela, former NSSA board chair, who is challenging the findings of an NSSA forensic audit report by BDO Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants.
Vela has challenged the authenticity of the audit report at the High Court and wants the report to be set aside. He said:
I must also point out that the report makes no mention of the fact that Kagonye forced NSSA to ‘sponsor’ to the tune of US$200,000 a disability conference in her Caledonia constituency and a further sum of US$200,000 to a school in Ruwa immediately before the July 2018 elections.
… This vote buying, done through pensioners’ funds for private benefit is not mentioned. Is it because the auditors had a wider political audience to satisfy or otherwise to not offend?
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