ZACC arrests ZNA director
© ZIMBABWE National Army director of procurement, Peter Muchakadzi, has been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) on allegations of criminal abuse of office.
Muchakadzi was picked up yesterday and is expected to appear in court today. Zacc spokesperson John Makamure confirmed the arrest yesterday, without giving further details relating to the criminal charges.
“(The) arrest is confirmed,” Makamure said curtly.
Muchakadzi becomes the latest prominent figure to be arrested by Zacc in its drive to deal with the corruption scourge following High Court judge, Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo’s appointment as the organisation’s chairperson in July last year.
Matanda-Moyo was appointed amid concerns that the previously-constituted anti-graft body was a toothless bulldog.
Armed with arresting powers, Zacc made its first big arrest in July, when former Tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira was picked up on corruption allegations. She was accused of swindling the National Social Security Authority (Nssa) of over US$95 million.
Charges against Mupfumira arose from her tenure as Labour minister between 2014 and 2018, when she oversaw the State pension fund. The charges border on criminal abuse of office, including abuse of the State pension fund money and financing her political campaigns.
Barely three months after Mupfumira’s arrest, Zacc struck again picking up minister of State for Presidential Affairs in charge of Policy Implementation and Monitoring, Joram Gumbo.
His charges emanated from a US$2, 7 million fuel tender awarded to First Oil Company in 2013 and a US$1 million Zimbabwe Airways deal.
The minister was accused of having abused his position after he directed CMED to reinstate fired managing director Davison Mhaka. This was despite Mhaka having been found guilty for single-handedly signing a deal to offer First Oil Company a fuel contract, contrary to the procedure requiring three other officers to counter sign for the contract.
Gumbo’s arrest was, however, short-lived after he was released on the basis that more investigations needed to be carried out.
Matanda-Moyo recently said investigations on the matter had not yet been finalised.
Last month, the organisation also arrested Vice President Constantino’s Chiwenga’s estranged wife Marry Mubaiwa, who is facing charges of externalising US$1 033 000 to China and South Africa and money laundering involving US$990 000. She is accused of using the externalised money to buy two houses and three state-of-the-art motor vehicles in South Africa.