Zimbabwe’s tourism minister faces seven charges

July 26, 2019
| Report Focus News
Zimbabwe's tourism minister faces seven charges

Zimbabwe’s tourism minister, Prisca Mupfumira, 68, faces the seven charges among them is buying luxury cars, using social security money for personal political campaigns and making a series of dubious investments.

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZAAC) investigators arrested her in connection with charges of alleged “criminal abuse of duty as a public officer”.  She spent the night at Avondale police station in Harare.

Her charge sheet, seen by Report Focus states that money amounting to over US$90m was unaccounted for under her watch between 2013 and 2017 when she was public service minister.

Getting a US$90K loan from NSSA to buy a car
Using US$303K of NSSA money for her political campaign
Using US$101K from NSSA’s CSR budget
Influencing NSSA to buy four Metbank properties for US$4.9m

The minister pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against her.

She allegedly instructed the ministry to release US$90,000 to buy her a Toyota VX SUV when she also got a government Range Rover Sport, she said there was no wrongdoing. “I was entitled to the vehicles by the virtue of my position as the minister, and there was nothing amiss with the second allocation. Suffice to say I am not responsible for the allocation, I simply receive that which has been allocated to me,” she said.

Temba Mliswa the Independent member of parliament for Norton has called for the suspension of the minister from government pending finalisation of the case in court.