Fungai Lupande, Harare Bureau
AS the new dispensation’s anti-corruption dragnet spreads, former Foreign Affairs Minister Walter Mzembi and former Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge were yesterday arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission on abuse of office charges.
The pair is currently being held at Marlborough Police Station in Harare and will appear in court today.
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) Commissioner Goodson Nguni confirmed the arrests and said the pair will appear at the Harare Magistrates’ Court today but declined to provide further details.
Mzembi’s lawyer Mr Job Sikhala said his client is facing allegations of donating four television screens bought by the Government for the promotion of the World Cup in 2010 to churches.
“My client was summoned to the Zacc offices in the morning. However, I was occupied at the Harare Magistrates’ Court and I picked him in the afternoon to go to Zacc offices in Avondale,” said Mr Sikhala.
“He is charged with contravening section 174 of the Criminal Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23, which is abuse of office as a public figure.
“Allegations are that he donated two television screens to the United Family International Church led by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, one television screen to Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries and another to Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Bishop Nehemia Mutendi in Masvingo.
“The television sets were bought by the Government for the promotion of the World Cup in 2010 and after the World Cup, Mzembi donated them to the churches.” Mr Sikhala confirmed that his client will appear in court today.
Undenge’s lawyer Mr Alec Muchadehama did not answer his mobile phone despite several calls made to him.
Sources close to investigations say Zanu-PF Highfield legislator Psychology Maziwisa and television personality Oscar Pambuka are also facing arrest.
Meanwhile, Renaissance Financial Holdings Limited director Mr Patterson Timba has been arrested over a death that occurred at Tolrose Gold Mine in Kadoma during a skirmish over ownership of the mine.
Last night police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not confirm Timba’s arrest saying she had not yet been briefed about the arrest.