Ex-MPs loyal to Mugabe on graft charges
TWO former Zimbabwean cabinet ministers who served under ex-president Robert Mugabe have been charged with corruption, their lawyers said yesterday, the latest sign of a crackdown on officials loyal to Mugabe.
Mugabe, 93, stood down in November after 37 years in power following a de facto military coup, making way for his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over.
Former foreign minister Walter Mzembi and ex-energy minister Samuel Undenge were charged on Friday with “criminal abuse of office”, their lawyers said. Both deny wrongdoing.
Undenge is accused of issuing a $12 650 contract without due tender to a company that did no work, shows a charge sheet.
Mzembi and Undenge were both granted bail, asked to surrender their passports and their cases remanded until January 22.
“We are going to make an application for an exception to the charge because the charges my client is facing are ridiculous,” Mzembi’s lawyer, said.
Undenge’s lawyer described the case against his client as a “circus”. – Reuters