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New graft blitz rattles Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter
06 Nov 2019 at 11:55hrs | Views
Zanu-PF big guns are said to be quacking in their boots following Monday's surprise arrest of Cabinet minister and politburo member Joram Gumbo – who is also considered to be a close ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on corruption allegations.

At the same time, Gumbo's first appearance in court yesterday was mired in confusion, as he was allowed to go home without seemingly having gone through the usual initial remand rituals – raising questions about the even-handedness of his treatment.

It also emerged yesterday that Gumbo could face two additional serious charges, both related to corruption.

Well-placed sources in Zanu-PF told the Daily News that a number of "compromised" bigwigs were on tenterhooks following Gumbo's arrest - which occurred a few days after Mnangagwa told the ruling party's youth league that he would not spare anyone fingered in graft, no matter their station or relationship with him.

"Many compromised chefs (bigwigs) are alarmed by the arrest of two senior ministers so far who were considered untouchables until now ... and it hasn't helped matters that both were on the contentious list of alleged corrupt party officials which was announced by the youth league in June," one of the sources said.

Other sources who attended last Thursday's closed door meeting between Mnangagwa and the youth league said the Zanu-PF leader had "vowed" to crack the whip on "all" alleged corrupt senior party and government officials.

Apart from cutting loose party big- wigs and senior government officials, Mnangagwa had also apparently said that he would extend the corruption dragnet to businesspeople with links to Zanu-PF.

The sources further claimed that Mnangagwa had said that the nation would be "shocked by the officials and businesspeople who will be apprehended soon".

"The president said that he was going after billionaires and millionaires in the country big time, who are rich from the proceeds of crime.

Source - dailynews