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Anti-Corruption Commission Arrests NetOne Employee for Allegedly Misappropriating $150M in Airtime Vouchers

ByChad J. Johnson

Jun 2, 2022

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says it arrested an employee of the state-controlled company cellular network operator, NetOne, which allegedly embezzled more than ZWL$150 million.

In a statement, ZACC said Daniel Kalira, 39, is suspected of stealing airtime voucher money over a two-year period.

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

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

“The investigations carried out by the ZACC show that on 25e of August 2021, the accused allegedly forged broadcast voucher number 77064 where he said he sent 17,400 $100 airtime cards. Instead, Kalira reportedly sent 80,300 cards worth $100 each, depriving NetOne of 7,999,000.00.

“The 26e of January 2022, Kalira allegedly forged stock issue voucher number 77067 indicating that he had sent a total of 5,917 cards of $100 each while he had sent 28,416 cards depriving NetOne of 2,250,000, $00 ZWL.

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

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