Mozambique’s Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has charged five officials in the public administration in Maputo and two other people with abuse of office, money-laundering and fraud, arising from the creation of phoney companies.

The public officials worked in several provincial directorates which used the electronic version of the state financial management system (e-SISTAFE), through which the state pays suppliers of goods and services.

According to a Thursday release from the GCCC, between March 2013 and November 2015, the accused set up fake companies with names that were similar to those of real construction companies, which had been awarded contracts arising from tenders for building work in the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula.

They opened bank accounts in the names of the fake companies, and put these names and account numbers into the e-SISTAFE system. They then proceeded to drain state funds into the accounts of the fictitious companies. In this way, according to the GCCC, the seven accused stole about 15 million meticais (about 238,000 US dollars at current exchange rates). Of this sum, about 14 million meticais has been recovered.

The prosecutors have sent the case to the Maputo City court, which will decide on the following stages in the legal procedure.

The GCCC has also charged two immigration officers, both of whom were shift heads at Ressano Garcia, on the border with South Africa, with corruption, embezzlement and forgery

According to the GCCC release, in the first quarter of this year, the two officials helped themselves to money from fines paid by travellers passing through the border post. In some cases they issued receipts for the fines – but both the receipts and the stamps used were fakes.

In other cases, the official claimed there were irregularities in the passports of their victims, but these could be overlooked on payment of a bribe.

Finally, the GCCC has charged a public official and a former soldier with abuse of office and fraud.

The official was a sector head in charge of drawing the payment sheets for military pensions. She altered the size of the monthly pension to which the former soldier was entitled from a mere 1,036 meticais to almost 1.86 million meticais,

Between July and November 2015, the former soldier picked up the money from the bank and shared it with the corrupt official.

These cases have now been deposited with the Maputo city and district courts. In none of the cases, does the GCCC reveal the names of the accused.

Source: Name News Network