THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is within the next few days set to arrest a former Cabinet Minister, a property mogul and a Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for criminal abuse of office, fraud and abuse of funds.
ZACC could not name the people in question but reportedly said they were finalising the process to pick them up any day from now.
ZACC chairperson Justice Loyce Matanda-Moyo told the Sunday Mail: “We have 12 active cases in Harare that are nearing completion. A former Cabinet Minister has most of those cases and ranks tops.
“Those cases are nearly complete. I cannot divulge the intricate details now.”
This follows an audit report into sales completed last year by a commission of inquiry led by Justice Tendai Uchena that traced land transfers in urban areas since 2005.
In Harare prominent names recommended for investigation by the Uchena Commission included former First Lady Grace Mugabe, former Cabinet Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo, ex-Local Government permanent secretary Engineer George Mlilo, ex-Cabinet minister Ms Nyasha Chikwinya, businessman Philip Chiyangwa, former Harare South legislator Mr Shadreck Mashayamombe and Mr Nhamo Tutisani.
Matanda-Moyo added: “In Gweru, investigators are nearly through with a big case involving former Minister of State and a well-known property mogul.
“We planned to decentralise to all provinces so that we can fast-track investigations into all cases raised by the commission but we were forced to delay because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Justice Matanda-Moyo said once the lockdown has been lifted, ZACC will be opening an office in Bulawayo to deal with all the cases in the Matabeleland provinces.
“We are also planning to recruit more officers so that we can open a Masvingo office soon.”
The Uchena Commission revealed that land barons, housing co-operative leaders, property developers and politically-connected people illegally sold $3 billion worth of urban State land since 2005 and pocketed most of the funds.
It also recommended the investigation and possible prosecution of 431 cases of suspected corruption in the sale of State land.
The Commission also recommended lifestyle audits and investigation of possible abuse of office charges for past and present Government officers connected with managing State land.