The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has confirmed that they have picked up Minister of Tourism, Prisca Mupfumira.
Although details were still sketchy early Thursday, a Zacc official who declined to be named confirmed the arrest.
“The minister of tourism has been taken in, the process is happening now and I will only update once we are at the next stage. At some point today.
“Most of you are already aware, an arrest has been made and we should be able to give a statement once the process is concluded. Charges have been preferred and at the earliest convenience, a statement will be made available,” said the official.
Sources told this publication that Mupfumira was arrested in connection with the damning National Social Security (Nssa) audit report that current Public Service Minister Sekai Nzenza has been sitting on amid demands from parliamentarians that it be tabled before the National Assembly.
“It’s to do with the Nssa audit report. More are coming,” NewZimbabwe.com heard.
New Zacc chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo recently warned she was not going to hold back and the Nssa audit report was now before her warning arrests were imminent.
Member of Parliament of Norton Constituency Temba Mliswa is on record accusing Mupfumira of stealing and misusing NSSA funds to control ZANU-PF officials.
In one of the tweets, Mliswa said, “I heard Hon Mupfumira on the radio saying that there are outside people who are trying to infiltrate ZANU PF. This is a deflection of issues. There are no outsiders, she is doing the handiwork in destroying ZANU PF in Mash West herself!
“Using stolen NSSA funds, she’s buying Abby Gava, Munondo and Nduna. The Chinhoyi School is not Mutisi’s, it is hers! Let us call for a lifestyle audit on Charles Mutisi. She pays the media in Mash West, using the money of poor pensioners. The NSSA Forensic Audit was the President first indication to whip people into line where corruption is concerned. I pushed for that forensic audit and I called out the likes of Kudenga in being implicated in that audit.
“I fed the information in the forensic audit report and I am eager to have it brought out. The President is a lawyer, he knows more than anyone that such reports must be followed through to their logical end. Corruption was the Vice of Mugabe in keeping corrupt people close.”
I fed the information in the forensic audit report and I am eager to have it brought out. The President is a lawyer, he knows more than anyone that such reports must be followed through to their logical end. Corruption was the vice of Mugabe in keeping corrupt people close.
— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) March 4, 2019
Mupfumira becomes the first sitting Cabinet Minister to be arrested under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s fight against corruption. She was recently named by the Zanu PF youth league as part of a list of political and business persons who were sabotaging the economy through acts of corruption.
Others included Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya and Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu.