HARARE – Former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube is not yet off the hook, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) said yesterday.
“We have not cleared him on any issues,” Zacc commissioner and public education chairperson Farai Chinyani told a press conference called to clear the air on media reports that investigations by Zacc revealed that Dube — who was earning $236 000 a month — had no case to answer on the six counts he was facing.
“We, as Zacc, did not clear . . . Dube and his board on the allegations they are facing. You should appreciate that Zacc is not a court of law and cannot clear anyone. Zacc is investigating many cases at Psmas and have not charged anyone but soon we will.”
Dube and his board face allegations of abuse of office, abuse of public funds, money laundering as well as tax evasions and many more.
Dube was fired in 2014 following revelations of his hefty salary, which was curiously approved by the Psmas board.
“Zacc is going to conduct a systems audit at this institution and investigate how Psmas formulates and adopts its policies.
“As Zacc, we acknowledge that indeed public funds were abused at Psmas, that’s why investigations are on-going.
“Zacc takes its mandate seriously of investigating and exposing cases of alleged corruption in Zimbabwe and come up with tangible results so as to inculcate the public’s confidence in the organisation,” Chinyani said.
According to a Zacc letter published in State media on June 6, the commission claimed it had not found evidence to pin Dube and the board down of any wrongdoing.
Zacc commissioner Goodson Nguni said: “In relation to the allegations that had been put in the letter, that response was the one that was fitting at that time.
“But as you probably know, investigations are on-going. New evidence comes up all the time and we will be charging some people at Psmas very soon. We must convince the NPA and the police that we have a case.
“If the docket is not complete, it does not mean that you are innocent; it just means the docket is not complete. The letter was saying at that particular time there was no evidence to link those guys to the commissioning of those particular allegations.”