The Vice Chancellor of the Lupane State University Professor Pardon Kuipa, his assistant Julius Tapera and the Acting Procurement Manager Knowledge Muvirimi, are allegedly involved in malpractices such as irregular tender awarding, inflating invoices and bills in procurement services, particularly in relation to the institution’s farming projects.
This is as according to sources at the university.
A university internal audit on a Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZimDef) letterhead dated March 17, 2023 detailed the corruption around a Nguni Bullying Heifers procurement entered into with Michview Enterprises.
“A few of the 60 Nguni Bullying Heifers purchased from Michiview Enterprises at the cost of 22 million (US$132 534.75) in May 2022 were not yet delivered as of date,” the report said in part.
“Of the fourteen delivered, eight were cows and one was a calf instead of the heifers specified.”
The audit report also alleged that the deal was entered into without signing a contract between the university and Michiview Enterprises “detailing terms and conditions.”