President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Industry and Commence Minister Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu as acting Minister of Tourism following the arrest of substantive Minister, Prisca Mupfumira.
Minister Mupfumira was arrested on Thursday last week upon return from the United Kingdom where she had travelled, together with senior Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) officials, to market the country as a safe tourist destination.
On instruction of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, a crack team comprising of Military Intelligence Department (MID), Central Investigation Department (CID), Central Intelligence Officers (CIO), Zimbabwe Republic Police law and order and the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) arrested Mupfumira.
Her charge sheet alleges that she converted huge amounts of NSSA money including US$97 million to personal use.
The State also invoked Section 32 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, which allows it to seek the further detention of a suspect up to 21 days to conduct further investigations.
This has seen President Mnangagwa moving in to appoint Minister Ndlovu as Acting Minister to allow the ministry to operate unhindered.
In a statement yesterday, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said that, “His Excellency the President Cde ED Mnangagwa has appointed Minister N. Ndlovu as the Acting Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry pending finalisation of court processes involving the substantive minister Honourable Mupfumira.”