Harare – When Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed power, he promised swift justice against political elites who were involved in corruption and / or abuse of public office / funds.
The jury is still out on efforts by the Police and Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission. The initial reaction to high profile arrests was that it was all a smokescreen. Some stated unequivocally that the arrests would be few, far between and would soon come to an end.
As an evening reflection, we decided to draw a list of all high profile and prominent people who have been arrested, jailed, or taken to court.
The list features some prominent former cabinet ministers, former members of parliament, and surprisingly, current members of the house of assembly.
Ignatious Chombo, the former minister of local government, home affairs, and just before Mugabe was ousted, the minister of finance. Chombo was the first casualty after the military intervention. He faces a whole tonne of charges.
Supa Mandiwanzira, former minister of Information and Communication Technology is the most recent to get arrested. He was arrested today and charged with criminal abuse of office.
David Parirenyatwa, the former longtime minister of health was arrested recently for criminal abuse of office. He is currently out on bail.
Walter Chidhakwa, a strong Mugabe ally, and the former minister of mines. Chidhakwa is facing charges of criminal abuse of office, among others.
Samuel Undenge, the former minister of energy was arrested, charged and convicted. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison for corruption. He is currently out on bail pending appeal.
Saviour Kasukuwere, Robert Mugabe’s former enforcer, nicknamed Tyson, has been accused of being among the most inherently corrupt individuals in Zimbabwe. He served as Minister fo Youth, then Minister of Local Government, leaving behind a trail of rot in both ministries. He was arrested for breaching immigration laws. He was acquitted but was later arrested on different charges of criminal abuse of office.
Joseph Made, the former long time minister of lands was arrested, together with former minister of state in Midlands, Jason Machaya.
Former Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane was arrested at his farm last year. Police also seized about 10 tonnes of sugar beans they found stashed at the farm
Prominent people have also been dragged to the courts.
Celebrity businessman and convicted fraudster Wicknell Chivhayo was arrested and spent a few nights in college (remand prison).
His sidekick and on and off friend, Genius Ginimbi Kadungure was dragged to court for a matter in which he is accused of defrauding a Chegutu MP, Dexter Nduna.
Self proclaimed prophet, Walter Magaya was arrested last week for manufacturing, advertising and attempting to sell a bogus HIV cure that he claimed to have found.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) chief executive officer, Engineer Joshua Chifamba, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution (ZETDC) managing director Engineer Julian Chinembiri and his finance director Thokozani Dhliwayo were yesterday arrested in connection with over $35 million underhand dealings involving an Indian company PME.
Other individuals, including Francis Gudyanga the former mines secretary, former television personality Oscar Pambuka, and former Member of parliament Psychology Maziwisa.
Late last year, Kudzai Chipanga, Innocent Hamandishe, were arrested.
Godfrey Gandawa (Jonathan Moyo’s former deputy), was also arrested this year.
We are also made to understand that William Mutumanje (Acie Lumumba) has also been arrested. The police and ZACC are denying the arrest however.
The long arm of the law has visited the Mugabe family at least twice. Grace Mugabe’s sister, Shuvai Gumbochuma, who was heavily involved in bogus land deals was arrested and dragged to court.
Closer to the Bob, Bona Mugabe’s husband, Simba Chikore was arrested for kidnapping as he arrived ironically at Robert Mugabe International Airport.
Although not related to the Mugabe family, Levi Nyagura, the University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor (suspended) was arrested in their name – he illegally and without due procedure awarded Grace Mugabe a dodgy PhD. He is now facing other charges of corruption, after he apparently awarded tenders to three different companies owned by one person.
The list is set to increase, with people like the former President, Phelekezela Mphoko facing imminent arrest, and several other current and former MPs facing arrest.
A number of arrests certainly have been made, although the amount of convictions have been low. It is probably why the jury remains out. However, time often makes it easy to forget. We probably forgot some names too.
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