City Council’s cattle scam exposed
Harare City Council could have lost over 150 cattle in a fattening partnership with Sunshine Holdings.
The Auditor General’s report which was recently released notes that Sunshine Holdings brought 249 cattle for fattening but subsequently collected 401 cattle where there was no evidence to support that Sunshine Holdings had been authorised to collect the extra 152 cattle.
The fattening arrangement was such that Sunshine Holdings would bring their cattle into the city of Harare farms for fattening and they would collect them after the fattening and sell them in their butcheries.
The Council farm sold 40 beasts valued at $24 808 to Sunshine Holdings during the 2017 financial year but could not obtain the resolution supporting the sale where according to Council cattle selling procedures all cattle should be done through an environmental management committee recommendation and resolution of the council.
“The documents from the meeting show that the council had no documented procedures to prescribe the action to be taken when cattle births and deaths occur and also 433 cattle deaths were recorded during the year under review which translated to 36 cattle a month.
“The management response was that a committee will be set to undergo a thorough investigation on the third party cattle farming agreement were the report should have been done by December 2018,” the Auditor General’s report noted.
The Auditor-General said the risks of the matter were that the unauthorised cattle sales could create room for potential fraud and misappropriation of Council’s revenue considering that Sunshine Holdings financial systems had not been consolidated in the City Council’s records.
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