Walter Mzembi Faces Arrest, Again, For Abusing Millions From IDBZ, Mbada Diamonds

Underfire former minister of foreign affairs Walter Mzembi is reported to be in danger of getting arrested again, on fresh charges of diverting funds from Mbada Diamonds and the Infrastructure Development Bank (IDBZ). Mzembi is currently out on $400 bail after he was arrested on allegations of abuse of office as a public officer during his tenure as minister. Mzembi is alleged to have donated some of the television sets which had been bought by the government to promote the 2010 World Cup.

Mzembi is now being investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for allegedly abusing funds donated by Mbada Diamonds when Zimbabwe co-hosted the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) with Zambia in 2013. Mzembi is also being investigated for abusing at least US$1.5 million from the US$5 million IDBZ infrastructure facility in 2013. Mzembi allegedly bought several cars with part of the money he received.

A Zacc official who spoke to the Zimbabwe Independent said:

Mzembi faces imminent arrest on fresh charges including how he allegedly approached IDBZ and claimed that government approved an infrastructure facility of US$5 million as part of the UNWTO preparations.

IDBZ then released US$1.5 million to Mzembi before the ministry of Finance intervened and wrote to IDBZ notifying them that the facility was never approved by the government.

Mzembi’s lawyer, opposition politician Job Sikhala has  said that his client is not corrupt and that he has never stolen anything from the government.  Sikhala argues that his client is being persecuted over political differences.

More: The Zimbabwe Independent

 

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Walter Mzembi is a Zimbabwean politician and a former member of the ruling Zanu-PF party. He is also the former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He previously had served as the Minister of Tourism. He replaced Simbarashe Mumbengegwi as the Minister of Foreign Affairs effective, 9… Read More About Walter Mzembi

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), is a body that has the constitutional mandate to corruption. ZACC is administered under the Office of the President and Cabinet. In the past it was under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It is one of the two Chapter 13… Read More About Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission

Job Wiwa Sikhala is one of the most vocal opposition leaders in Zimbabwe. He is known for his scathing criticism against the Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front party. He belongs to the first crop of opposition leaders who were influential in… Read More About Job Sikhala

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