Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) yesterday arrested Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira on corruption allegations involving $95 million.
Mupfumira, alongside other top Zanu-PF officials, were recently named by the Zanu-PF Youth League as among the corrupt public officials who were accused of sabotaging efforts by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fix the economy.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that a recently concluded NSSA report shows that millions of dollars went missing from NSSA when Mupfumira was Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
More funds were reportedly lost when she was moved to the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality.
ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo said some of the charges against Mupfumira emanate from her previous Cabinet role as labour Minister, while other charges have to do with her present role.
“She is still with us and she is expected to appear in court tomorrow (today). She is facing corruption charges involving $95 million. Some of the offences emanate from the NSSA audit while she allegedly committed other crimes at her current ministry (Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry),” said Justice Matanda-Moyo.
The minister spent the whole day in the hands of ZACC investigators and will appear in court from holding cells.
She is the first senior Government official to be held by the commission which was overhauled by President Mnangagwa on July 15.
Recently, President Mnangagwa appointed a 12-member commission chaired by Justice Matanda-Moyo, which he gave powers to arrest.
The President has shown confidence in the new ZACC through publicly warning the masses that the newly-found teeth would soon bite all the corrupt.
Justice Matanda-Moyo last week vowed to fight corruption indicating that a number of bigwigs were already under investigation.
She said ZACC was investigating over 200 cases of corruption-related crimes emanating from a varied spectrum of the economy adding that arrests would be effected.