Mu­gabe min­is­ters in court on graft charges in Zim­babwe

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

HARARE - Two for­mer min­is­ters un­der Robert Mu­gabe ap­peared in court in Harare on Wed­nes­day on cor­rup­tion charges, nearly a year af­ter Zim­babwe's long-time ruler was ousted from power.

Mu­gabe's suc­ces­sor Pres­i­dent Em mer son Mn an gag­wa­hasv owed to crack down on cor­rup­tion, though crit­ics say his gov­ern­ment is still mired in the cor­rup­tion that marred the Mu­gabe era.

For­mer in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira faces two graft charges in­volv­ing $5m.

Harare's chief pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate granted him bail of $2 000 and set his trial date for De­cem­ber 10.

In a sep­a­rate room of the same court com­plex, the trial of Saviour Ka­sukuwere, a for­mer lo­cal gov­ern­ment, youth and en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter and a se­nior fig­ure in the rul­ing Z an u-PF party, also got un­der way on Wed­nes­day.

Ka­sukuw er ewhoi sf ac­ing charges of il­le­gally par celling out land worth $2m to for­mer first lady Grace Mu­gabe's sis­ter, pleaded not guilty.

Also Wed­nes­day, Mu­gabe's sonin-law Simba Chikore ap­peared in the same court for a rou­tine re­mand hear­ing on kid­nap­ping charges over the al­leged de­ten­tion of an air­line of­fi­cial.

Mag­is­trate Elisha Singano said Chikore would stand trial on De­cem­ber 14.

Since Mu­gabe's oust­ing af­ter a brief mil­i­tary take over in Novem­ber 2017, au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested sev­eral of his al­lies in­clud­ing for­mer home af­fairs min­is­ter Ig­natius Chombo and for­mer en­ergy min­is­ter Sa­muel Un­denge. ANA

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