Mugabe ministers in court on graft charges in Zimbabwe
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