It was a hive of activity on Tuesday at the Harare Magistrate courts with ZANU PF heavyweights appearing for routine remand on various corruption charges allegedly committed under the era of Robert Mugabe.
First to arrive was Robert Mugabe s son in law Simba Chikore who is facing charges of detaining a former Zimbabwe Airways employee against her will during a dispute.
Simba allegedly had Zimbabwe Airways legal head Bertha Zakeyo detained for two hours at the airline s offices in June.
Chikore was accompanied by his wife Bona Mugabe Chikore.
Next to arrive was expelled ZANU PF member Saviour Kasukuwere. He is facing three counts of abuse of office related to former first lady Grace Mugabe’s sister, Shuvai Junior Gumbochuma and a fourth one involving a tender that was improperly given to a Harare businessman during a time that he was the Indigenisation minister.
Gumbochuma, aged 61, is facing three counts of fraud, involving corrupt acquisition of large tracts of land in Harare.
Wicknell Chivayo who is represented by Lewis Uriri and Wilson Manase arrived for a further remand on charges related to a solar tender that he was supposed to implement in Gwanda but he never did. The case sucked in Former Minister of energy Samuel Udenge.
The last to enter the courts was Former Cabinet Minister Supa Mandiwanzira who is accused of two counts of abuse of office. Supa allegedly engaged Megawatt company to do consultancy work for NetOne without going to tender.
He also allegedly appointed his Personal Assistant, a government employee at deputy director level, to the Potraz Board in violation of corporate governance principles and a Cabinet circular.
Supa who was arrested yesterday arrived at the Harare Magistrate court in the company of his lawyers Advocates Thembinkosi Magwaliba and Brian Hungwe for initial appearance after his arrest on Tuesday.
The continuous arrest of ZANU PF linked officials signifies how corruption was promoted and implemented under the Mugabe regime.
Below we publish the list of Former Ministers and officials who have been nabbed and are answering various charges in court.
1. Professor Jonathan Moyo – Former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education
2. Saviour Kasukuwere – Former Minister of Local Government
3. Ignatius Chombo – Former Minister of Finance
4. Walter Chidhakwa – Former Minister of Mines (Mugabe nephew)
5. David Parirenyatwa – Former Minister of Health
6. Walter Mzembi – Former Minister of Tourism
7. Samuel Undenge – Former Minister of Energy
8. Supa Mandiwanzira – Former Minister of ICT
9. Dr Godfrey Gandawa – Former Deputy Minister Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education
10. Francis Gudyanga – Former permanent secretary Ministry of Mines
11. Simba Chikore – Former Air Zimbabwe chief operating officer (Mugabe son-in-law)
Soon after taking power in November last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised zero tolerance in his government’s push to punish corruption that stifled political freedom and economic growth under Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule.