Dec. 10, 2020
More than US$5 million worth of corruptly-acquired property, including 501 vehicles, have been seized by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission in the past 18 months as Zimbabwean authorities intensify efforts to hunt down the proceeds of corruption for eventual seizure as well as prosecute the corrupt.
Dec. 4, 2020
The country’s anti-corruption drive is real and more convicts are now being jailed to deter would-be offenders. The number of people, including public figures, being arrested for graft has significantly increased over the years. Interestingly, the drive has since gone a gear up with more bigwigs being found guilty and locked up for criminal abuse of office and other corruption-related charges. All along the police were the only investigating arm with arresting powers, but recently, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) was bestowed with the same powers, leveraging the anti-graft war.
June 10, 2020
Government has ordered the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) to cancel all contracts for the supply and delivery of medicines and surgical sundries by Drax Consulting SAGL.
In a letter dated 5 June 2020, addressed to NatPharm managing director Mrs Flora Sifeku, acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Gibson Mhlanga advised that the cancellation must be done with immediate effect.
June 4, 2020
Former Principal Director of State Residences in the Office of the President and Cabinet Douglas Tapfuma, has been convicted of three counts of criminal abuse of office by a Harare magistrate.Tapfuma was found guilty of importing eight personal cars using the President’s name and evading paying import duty in the process. Magistrate Esthere Chivasa convicted Tapfuma after a full trial.
May 20, 2020
Former Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri is suspected of diverting US$32 million of public funds into family companies and buying a large swathe of property, which the State now wants frozen pending the final outcome of possible criminal cases and civil suits.
During his 25 years at the helm of the police, Chihuri and his family acquired a lot of property and other assets.
The Prosecutor-General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi filed an application at the High Court seeking an order compelling Chihuri to explain how he acquired his properties and he wants all the assets still in Zimbabwe frozen until investigations and resulting court actions are complete.
March 23, 2020
High profile cases pending at court and current status.
Feb. 9, 2020
Victoria Falls Mayor, Somvelo Dlamini was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission officials on allegations of abuse of office by engaging in illicit land dealings.
Feb. 8, 2020
A local businessman, accused of fuelling the forex black market, has been arrested for alleged money laundering and externalisation of over US$1,3 million. Ismail Moosa Lunat (57) of Kumalo suburb was arrested by officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc).
Feb. 9, 2020
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has begun swooping on farmers and companies that were repackaging inputs obtained from the Special Grain and Oil Seed programme — commonly known as Command Agriculture — and selling them for personal gain.
The abuse of Command Agriculture inputs is one of the high-profile cases that are being investigated by the corruption-fighting body.
Some warehouses belonging to big companies have since been raided.
Jan. 30, 2020
The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) has been given the nod to recruit 200 public prosecutors for special anti-corruption courts across the country. The development comes as prosecutors seconded to the NPA by the uniformed forces have since returned to their work stations following last year’s Constitutional Court ruling that employment of serving members of security services was unconstitutional.
Jan. 29, 2020
Zanu PF Member of Parliament for Gokwe-Sesame Constituency Gorden Chanda (41) and Ward 13 Councillor Georgina Chirongoma (34) have been arrested for allegedly extorting villagers and stealing food aid.
Dec. 28, 2019
The anti-corruption drive has moved a gear up towards prosecution of individuals fingered in graft, with fresh revelations the Attorney-General’s Office is now being ropped in to team up with the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) in fast-tracking cases to court.
The Sunday Mail has gathered that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is currently working on over 600 dockets for prosecution of people accused of corruption including judges, ministers, Members of Parliament and company executives.
Dec. 18, 2019
14 cases of corruption were finalised, out of which there were eight convictions and six acquittals.
Nov. 23, 2019
Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) officers have defrauded the entity of at least US$30 000, and perhaps as much as US$450 000 in a cheating scam using tollgate coupons issued to foreign truckers at border posts.
Nine officers have already been arrested and are before the courts, while others have been fired. The system of cancelling coupons has since been upgraded to plug loopholes.
Nov. 11, 2019
Thirty Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) cashiers have been fired for fraud and theft .This comes after the authority uncovered systematic scams at four tollgates involving cashiers, supervisors and police officers manning the gates.The loot was shared with everyone involved, from the supervising tollgate controllers down to the cleaners on an agreed hierarchy scale.
Nov. 8, 2019
The Government Pensions Office has suspended 11 workers suspected of making payments to ghost workers and fast-tracking payouts to favoured individuals.The 11 officers were sent home to pave way for investigations and they face prosecution or dismissal from employment if found guilty of improper conduct.The Pensions Office pays out pensions, gratuities and other benefits to State workers or their heirs on retirement, discharge, resignation, death or any other termination of service.
Nov. 5, 2019
Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in charge of Implementation and Monitoring Joram McDonald Gumbo, who was questioned and released yesterday, is expected to appear in court on charges of criminal abuse of office involving US$37 million. The charges arise from four separate incidents during his tenure as Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister.
Nov. 6, 2019
Public Service Commission (PSC) paymaster Brighton Chiuzingo, who was suspended on allegations of abuse of office and mismanagement, has been fired. Government suspended Chiuzingo in December last year following reports of abuse of office and mismanagement, pending investigations.
Oct. 4, 2019
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo says they have recovered more than $100 million worth of properties from looters as they intensify anti-graft efforts aimed at combating the scourge.
She said they had secured an increased number of criminal convictions of late and were working with different stakeholders such as academics to come up with legal structures that enhance their fight against corruption.
Sept. 21, 2019
Metbank Limited was this week taken to court by Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Amon Murwira after students’ funds amounting US$1,6 million got stuck in the bank.The Ozias Buvte led bank is under fire after Murwira filed summons against the financial institution seeking an order compelling it to release the funds which have been stuck since 2013.The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) was also cited as a respondent in the summons.
Sept. 21, 2019
ZINARA has fired its suspended chief executive officer Engineer Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa and finance director Mr Simon Taranhike for gross incompetence and abuse of office, our Harare Bureau can reveal. The two have pending court cases on corruption charges. More than 20 other employees were arrested on corruption charges and the cases are at various stages of trial.
Sept. 21, 2019
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has reportedly frozen bank accounts held by four companies suspected of engaging in money-laundering activities and fuelling the foreign currency parallel market. One of the companies, Sakunda Holdings, is run by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s close ally and adviser, Kudakwashe Tagwirei. Tagwirei is a member of a 26-member Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) named by Mnangagwa early this year to advise and assist him in formulating key economic policies and push through his vision for an upper middle-class economy by 2030.
Aug. 30, 2019
Police arrested Chitungwiza Mayor Lovemore Maiko, a councillor and an engineer on allegations of abuse of office through corrupt activities involving the sale of commercial stands. The mayor, who assumed office four months ago, is among top officials that have been arrested in the new dispensation under President Mnangagwa, who is calling for zero tolerance to corruption.
Aug. 30, 2019
Former Secretary for Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Ngoni Masoka and James Chiuta, a former general manager’s strategic assistant in the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts facing charges of criminal abuse of office involving US$50 million. Masoka, who retired in September last year, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with four counts of criminal abuse of office as a public officer involving US$7 million, while Chiuta was facing one count involving US$37,5 million.
Sept. 3, 2019
Former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) board chairman Stanley Kazhanje was slapped with an effective one-year jail term for concealing a US$10,000 transaction he received from Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratrek Zimbabwe. Kazhanje was convicted after a full trial by senior regional magistrate Mr Hosea Mujaya.
Aug. 8, 2019
President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira, a statement from Zimbabwe's presidency said, after she was detained over the disappearance of millions of dollars during her time as welfare minister. Prisca Mupfumira is facing seven corruption charges linked to $94 million missing from the country's pension fund.
July 31, 2019
Former Director of State Residences Douglas Tapfuma has been arrested for criminal abuse of office after he allegedly imported a fleet of vehicles without paying duty, as the anti-corruption drive gathers momentum. He reportedly imported personal vehicles under the pretext that he was doing so for the State to evade paying excise duty. Tapfuma was last year reassigned as Principal Director Monitoring and Evaluation in the Office of the President and Cabinet.
July 15, 2019
President Mnangagwa has sworn in seven commissioners of the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) as Government intensifies its anti-graft drive. The swearing-in of the Commissioners followed public interviews that were conducted by Parliament’s Standing Rules and Orders Committee chaired by Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda before submitting 12 names from which the President would choose the constitutionally prescribed eight from. President swore in seven after the eighth person, Mrs Mabel Ndakaripa Hungwe, failed to attend as she is out of the country. The seven Commissioners that were sworn in are Fungai Jessie Majome, John Makamure, Gabriel Chaibva, Thandiwe Thando Mlobane, Frank Muchengwa, Michael Dennis Santi (Rtd Maj) and Kuziva Phineas Murapa.
July 3, 2019
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) — for long rapped for being a toothless bulldog — now has arresting powers as Government takes a major stride in its quest to tackle the scourge of corruption. The changes were announced in an Extraordinary Government Gazette published on 28 June 2019 through Statutory Instrument 143 of 2019. The new regulations modified the previous legal instrument that deals with peace officers.
Dec. 8, 2018
FORMER ZBC presenter Oscar Pambuka and ex-Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa will challenge that the High Court their conviction and sentence for fleecing power utility the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).
Defence lawyer Jonathan Samkange told Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube Thursday that his clients would seek “bail pending appeal at the High Court”.
“I believe there are prospects of success on both counts,” Samkange said after his clients were sentenced.
Tears welled up Maziwisa’s eyes and he tried hard to stop them rolling down his cheeks as relatives took
Oct. 25, 2018
About 170 illegal foreign currency dealers were arrested countrywide as police intensify a campaign against currency trading which caused volatility in the prices of basic commodities. Police also say they launched the operation against the illegal currency traders because they pose a serious security and economic threat to the country. National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrests saying they were conducting the operation together with other relevant stakeholders. The Zimbabwe Republic Police embarked on a countrywide operation to enforce Statutory Instrument 122A of 2017, Exchange Control (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 (No.5), which criminalises the illegal trading in foreign currency.
Oct. 3, 2018
Zesa Holdings chief executive Engineer Joshua Chifamba was arrested in connection with $35 million underhand deals involving an Indian company, PME. Two other Zesa bosses, Eng Julian Chinembiri and finance director Thokozani Dhliwayo were arrested earlier in connection with the same case.
Nov. 7, 2018
Former ICT Minister, Super Mandiwanzira handed himself over to the CID Serious Fraud Unit on allegations of criminal abuse of office.
Sept. 25, 2018
Former Cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere was arrested on four counts of alleged abuse of office and spent a night at Rhodesville Police Station pending his appearance in court. Kasukuwere handed himself over to the police on his return from South Africa. He is allegedly facing three counts of criminal abuse of office as a public officer during his tenure as a Cabinet minister, according to his lawyer, Mr Jonathan Samukange.
Sept. 14, 2018
Former Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa was arrested and appeared at Harare Magistrates’ Courts on charges of criminal abuse of office. Parirenyatwa was not asked to plead to criminal abuse of office charges as defined in Section 174 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23, when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elisha Singano. The State, led by prosecutor Mr Michael Reza, did not oppose bail, but proposed that Parirenyatwa pay $1,000 coupled with stringent conditions.
July 31, 2018
Aug. 3, 2018
High Court judge Justice Erica Ndewere ruled the former energy minister was a suitable candidate for bail and as part of his provisional freedom’s conditions, the court ordered him to continue residing at his Harare Glen Lorne house, report once every week at his nearest police station and to surrender title deeds of his house.
Undenge; represented by Aleck Muchadehama, was last month convicted by a Harare regional magistrate on charges of criminal abuse of office after prejudicing the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of the sum of $12,000.