Ex-MPs loyal to Mu­gabe on graft charges

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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

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