Financial Mismanagement Allegations Rock Lupane University

Workers who spoke to Radio VOP accused the University’s Acting Vice –Chancellor, Maclean Bhala of working in cahoorts with the University’s deputy bursar Smile Sibanda, acting registrar Cecilia Makoni and acting director of
works and physical planning, HB Ndlovu, to divert university funds including US$1 million which the workers alleged was invested on the money market without the approval of both the government and the university council.

The government in June last year gave Lupane State University US$1, 5 million and the money was supposed to be used for construction purposes at the university site in Lupane.

“There is no transparency over interest accrued on this investment and this is evidence of naked corruption and mismanagement of funds,” alleged a lecturer at the institute.

The disgruntled workers also accused the acting –vice chancellor and the deputy bursar of failing to pay workers their bonuses together with their last year’s November salaries when the funds were readily available.

“They took workers’ bonuses without their consent and invested it. This is proof of their corrupt tendencies because it is illegal for them to invest workers bonuses without their consent,” said a lecturer who would not want to be named.

The bonuses were only paid out on in mid December “after immense pressure from the workers committee”.

The workers said the university had slashed allowances for workers at a time when senior management was buying expensive office furniture.

The University’s Information and Public relations officer, Zwelithini Dlamini dismissed the allegations as malicious, inflammatory and mischievous.

Dlamini said although retention allowances should be paid monthly, funds were not permitting and as a result the allowances were only paid when the money was available.

He also rubbished claims that the acting vice –chancellor authorised the investment of university money on the money market.