Three Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) employees were yesterday arraigned before the Harare Magistrates court on charges of criminal abuse of office after they purchased goats for the institution’s farm without following tender procedures.
The trio, Alfred Champion Ncube (66), Garainesu Shoko (61) and Tambaoga Kachambwa (48), are all employed by ZOU as Acting Vice Chancellor, Finance Director and Acting Manager for planning respectively.
It is the state’s case that the three went to Lupane in search of goat breeders after the university agreed to venture into goat breeding and found them being sold at US$180 per head.
After agreeing the terms and conditions of payment, the three accused persons acting in common purpose decided to purchase the goats without following the tender procedures for a direct purchase.
Shoko then instructed Kachambwa to raise a purchase order for 100 goats and the payment was done through a Nedbank account adding eight extra she-goats on top of the agreed 100.
The matter was adjourned to 30 November 2018.