- Published: 20 December 2014
- Written by Herald
Police were on Thursday issued with warrants by the courts to search companies linked to former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru as investigations into allegations of her corruption and abuse of office intensify. Dr Mujuru was recently fired from Government for behaviour inconsistent with the discharge of her duties.
Sources yesterday said police made the application to look into Cde Mujuru's companies and her other assets before provincial magistrate Mr Vakai Chikwekwe in his chambers and their request was granted.
Chief magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe could not be reached for comment, but a highly-placed source at the Harare Magistrates Courts said: "It is true that police sought a search warrant against companies allegedly linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday (Thursday) before the provincial magistrate at the Harare Magistrates' Courts".
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba's mobile phone went unanswered.
The granting of the search warrants followed police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri's warning that they will investigate all cases of corruption without fear or favour as directed by President Mugabe during the zanu-pf 6th National People's Congress early this month.
"In the same vein, let me assure the nation that the Zimbabwe Republic Police shall leave no stone unturned in bringing all perpetrators of corruption to book," he said.
"This stance is in line with the organisation's constitutional mandate and more importantly with His Excellency the President of Zimbabwe's sentiments during the official opening of the 6th zanu-pf National People's Congress when he said and I quote; "Vakaita mhosva chaidzo chaidzo dzecorruption hwabuda humbowo hwakanaka, vachatongwa. Ruzivo rwatinenge tapihwa kana wanga uri minister, civil servant, basa rinobva rapera. Tipei humbowo hwakanaka".
President Mugabe was speaking on the background of a host of corruption allegations which had been levelled against Cde Mujuru and her cabal who also sought to unconstitutionally unseat President Mugabe.
Officially opening the congress, President Mugabe warned that all those involved in corruption would be prosecuted regardless of their positions in society and Government.
Since then, seven ministers and one deputy have been dismissed from Government for charges that include reneging on their duties and pursuing factional politics.
These are Didymus Mutasa (Presidential Affairs), Webster Shamu (Information Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services), Francis Nhema (Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment), Olivia Muchena (Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development), Dzikamai Mavhaire (Energy and Power Development), Nicholas Goche (Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare), Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province) and Munacho Mutezo (Deputy Minister Energy and Power Development).
The Herald is reliably informed that a number of officials who worked with the ex-VP have been put on forced leave as investigations into her illegal deals gather momentum.
Dr Mujuru is accused of extorting shareholding in companies, demanding 10 percent bribes, illicit dealings in diamonds and gold, attempting to defeat the course of justice, extorting investors, undermining the authority of President Mugabe and seeking to depose the President through unconstitutional means.
The police are still gathering evidence on the allegations and the cases are being handled by the Criminal Investigations Department.
First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe exposed VP Mujuru during her meet the people rallies in October when she brought to the fore her secret deals that smacked of corruption.
The former VP has avoided giving direct responses to the allegations.
Addressing war veterans at her Children's Home in Mazowe in October, Dr Mugabe said Dr Mujuru was not only involved in illicit diamond and gold deals, but also coerced foreign owned companies using her office to dispose 10 percent shareholding in organisations she has interest in for protection.
The other allegations that were levelled against Cde Mujuru included working with the MDC-T and Western governments that are hostile to Zimbabwe.
Cde Mujuru is said to have duped the ruler of Ras al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud Al Qasimi, of millions of dollars in a botched diamonds deal.
The illicit diamond deals were done through Africa Consolidated Resources, a company the Mujuru family has interests in.
The First Lady also accused Cde Mujuru of dividing Zanu-PF in an effort to depose President Mugabe using former Mashonaland East provincial chairman Cde Ray Kaukonde's financial muscle to subvert party structures.
Cde Mujuru also allegedly received cash payments from Kenyan and Indian financiers who had invested in the Mujuru family owned duty-free-shops at Harare International Airport before elbowing them out in a manner that bordered on extortion
The former Vice President did not only receive the cash payments in violation of the Companies Act and income tax regulations, but is accused of having used her political status to force the lawyers of the aggrieved parties, Musunga and Associates to renounce agency and forcing the investors out of the country after they had pumped over $1 million into the company.
In 2011, Cde Mujuru reportedly directed Secretary for Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Mr Ringson Chitsiko to issue her family business with a permit to import chickens from Brazil against a Government ban on such imports.
This was after she had allegedly struck a deal to import chickens from Brazil when she travelled to that country on official Government business that same year.
The permit was issued despite there being a legal instrument banning the importation of chickens as a way of protecting local farmers.
Some of the chickens were reportedly delivered to the Zimbabwe National Army in an effort to buy their allegiance in her illegal regime change efforts.
In another case of abuse of office, the disgraced former vice president was also fingered in a $105 000 loan dispute pitting her family mining venture, Great Zimbabwe Mining Circle Trust against a Harare businesswoman Anne Thokozani Ncube.
The former vice president's daughter Noreen Nyorovai Mujuru, Dumisani Nkosi Nyoni, Clive Kudakwashe Madzikanda and Valentine Garacho used an unregistered Notarial Deed of Trust to swindle the businesswoman of her money.
Repeated efforts to get her money back have proved in vain, with Cde Mujuru's name being invoked whenever she made enquiries.
Ms Ncube was later enticed to buy an Amarok vehicle from Mr Tirivanhu Mudariki, a business associate of Cde Mujuru, but was stopped by police who advised her that the vehicle had been reported as stolen.
Cde Mujuru was also accused of covering up a fatal accident involving her daughter Chipo Mujuru-Makoni in December 2012.