NSSA director of corporate affairs David Makwara, Friday appeared in Court on allegations of defrauding the authority of US$182 661.77.
Makwara allegedly used a contractor to siphon the cash out of NSSA without doing any of the paid-for home renovations.
The Herald reports that Makwara appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Stanford Mambanje and was remanded out of custody to September 15 on free bail.
The court heard that in August last year Makwara misrepresented that Zivo Project Management (Pvt) Ltd was to carry out renovation works worth US$182 661.77 at his home at 5 Ruwanga Road in Mandara.
He had approached Nigel Mahachi, the project manager at Zivo Project Management to give him a quotation for the proposed renovation work and Mahachi in turn submitted a bill of quantity to Makwara plus the invoice for US$182 661.77.
Makwara submitted the invoice to NSSA for payment and NSSA then transferred the full US$182 661.77 to Zivo Project Management’s BancABC account.
But then Makwara corruptly directed Nigel Mahachi to subtract bank charges and any other associated costs and refund him the money.
NSSA policy does not allow a person to be paid the money for home improvement directly unless prior approval has been granted.
Zivo Project Management transferred US$171 600 to an Ecobank Account and then Makwara was given hard cash totalling US$165 000.
Early in June this year, Makwara phoned Mahachi inviting him to his house to see some renovation work done and sent him some handwritten notes with fifteen items to be included on the bill of quantity in case Zivo Project Management might be approached by the authorities.