…Hwarare and company suspected of bribing way out of justice
By Beatific Gumbwanda
CHIREDZI – The Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Workers Union (ZSMIWU) has filed another official complaint with the police over their deliberate failure to act on evidence of corruption allegedly committed by the organisation’s former leaders including Addmore Hwarare and Freddy Nyangwe.
ZSMIWU claims the corruption issue, though very serious, is being played down by both the police and judicial officers in Chiredzi and Masvingo possibly because the suspects paid a bribe.
Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe (THZ), whose employees form the bulky of the union’s membership, is also said to be worried by the alleged mismanagement of the union’s funds by the previous leadership and the police’s lethargic handling of the case.
Nyangwe, a former ZISMIWU executive who is the THZ human resources director, is alleged to have approved many advance payments to his colleagues in the union leadership without any justification.
“There are criminal cases of fraud and theft as defined in sections 136 and 113(2)(c) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 respectively, Chiredzi CR 10 July 14 and CID Chiredzi DR 17 July 14 in which Addmore Hwarare, Simbarashe Nyemba, Peter Chikamhi, Elias Madziva, Simeon Mapfumo, Clemence Dembure, and Peter Marumbwa who were the secretary general and executive members of Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union (ZSMIWU) respectively with assistance of THZ human resources director who continuously approved advance requests by the union without reasonable evidence for such requests,” reads part of the complaint.
Hwarare, who is ZISMIWU former secretary general, is accused of converting union funds to his own personal, financially crippling the association and sinking it into deep debt.
He is said to have written a number of reference letters to Triangle Estates seeking deductions of money from workers’ salaries without seeking their consent.
The THZ HR department, under the influence of Nyangwe, went on to effect the deductions without verifying if the employee had consented to it.
“As if that was not enough, THZ management received a letter dated 18 June 2004 with the subject, UNION DUES DEDUCTIONS. Mr. F. Nyangwe again approved and recommended the deduction of 5% from every employee’s salary in grade A and B.
“The money was supposed to be for buying a one-acre stand for a funeral parlour in Chiredzi. A copy of the letter dated 18 June 2004 is held by the police as evidence and a deduction of Z$383 166 336-49 was collected in July 2004.
“The management of Triangle, Hippo Valley, Mkwasine and ZSA received a letter on 19 December 2003 with the heading DECLARATION BY THE UNION directing the companies to deduct 5% from every employee’s salary in the month of January 2004 wages and implemented the declaration without the Minister of Labour’s directive.
“The deduction was done in January 2004 and a total of Z$129 039 820-21 was collected. No construction was done but two motor vehicles were shown to employees as vehicles to assist the employees in times if bereavement. These vehicles, however, were never seen again thereafter,” the complaint further reads.
The union further complains that the accused persons are still free despite hard evidence implicating them in gross acts of corruption being submitted to the police.