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Anti-Corruption Commission Arrests NetOne Employee for Allegedly Embezzling $150 Million in Airtime Vouchers

ZACC Chairperson Justice Loice Matanda Moyo (left)
ZACC Chairperson Justice Loice Matanda Moyo (left)

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says they have arrested an employee of the state-controlled cellular network operator, NetOne, who allegedly embezzled over ZWL$150 million.

In a statement, ZACC said 39-year-old Daniel Kalira is suspected to have stolen the money in airtime vouchers over a period of two years.

“Kalira used the money to buy several vehicles including a Toyota GD6 twin cab, three Mercedes Benz sedans and two BMW sedans. All the vehicles were recovered by ZACC investigators.”

ZACC alleges that from January 20 to 23 May, 2022, Kalira stole airtime from NetOne by falsifying his sales of airtime on the stock issue vouchers which he dispatched to NetOne sales agents.

“Investigations conducted by ZACC show that on the 25th of August, 2021, the accused allegedly falsified issue voucher number 77064 where he indicated that he dispatched 17,400 airtime cards of $100. Instead Kalira had allegedly dispatched 80,300 cards valued at $100 each depriving NetOne of 7,999,000.00.

“On the 26th of January 2022, Kalira allegedly falsified stock issue voucher number 77067 by indicating that he dispatched a total of 5,917 cards of $100 each when he had dispatched 28,416 cards depriving NetOne of ZWL$2,250,000.00.”

ZACC said an audit to ascertain the actual amount stolen from NetOne is still ongoing.

Kalira appeared in court and was remanded to June 27, 2022, on ZWL$20,000 bail, according to ZACC.