PIC: Journalist arrested for looting Idai aid…As Chiwenga says looters must get lengthy jail terms


A Zimbabwean journalist based in Mutare, Sydney Saize, was arrested after he was cornered with cyclone Idai donations.

Size previously worked for local independent paper NewsDay, and a popular overseas-based shortwave radio which beams into Zimbabwe.

A deputy director in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Christine Chideme, last Saturday appeared in court facing charges of stealing Cyclone Idai donations worth $3 000.

Last Thursday a police officer, Constable Edward Dhumukwa (32) stationed at Silver Stream command centre also appeared in court for allegedly looting cyclone donations worth thousands of dollars.

Dhumukwa allegedly hired a kombi to ferry his loot for five kilometers to a roadside where he loaded it into a Harare-bound bus.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga last week said officials implicated in abuse of Cyclone Idai donations must face lengthy jail terms.

“I want to warn civil servants, workers from different organisations and all those involved in distribution of goods donated to victims of Cyclone Idai that they will go to jail if they steal the donations,” said VP Chiwenga.

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