Mlilo accused of splashing US$1.5m NGO funds on hotels, Joana Mamombe
FORMER Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)’s chief executive officer Mr Mfundo Mlilo has been accused of helping himself to US$1.5 million from the organisation and spending part of the funds on hotel accommodation as well as funding Harare West MP Joana Mamombe’s election campaign.
Mlilo is reportedly in a relationship with Mamombe.
State media reports that Mlilo was allegedly fired from the Harare residents organisation over allegations of gross mismanagement and embezzling funds amounting to US$1,5 million.
“… he used some of the funds to pamper himself at a local hotel and to bankroll the campaign of MDC-Alliance Member of Parliament for Harare West Joana Mamombe during last year’s harmonised elections.
“He misappropriated funds amounting to US$1,5 million and failed to account for his stay at a hotel in Harare.
“Some of funds were channelled to Joanna Mamombe for her campaign,” the Sunday Mail reports, citing an unnamed source.
Mlilo reportedly declined to comment on the allegations of financial abuse, but said he left CHRA to start a personal business.
CHRA acting board chairperson Ms Beatrice Ngwenya, however, is fighting in his corner.
“Firstly, CHRA has never received such a huge amount of funding since its inception in 1999. Secondly, CHRA completed its 2018 annual audits in February 2019 and all the reports are good.
“CHRA has always been accountable to its partners and all its project funds have been audited. Thirdly, Mfundo Mlilo resigned from the association as of the March 1 2019 and his personal life, social and political activities have nothing to do with CHRA.”