Commission chair arrested over world tourism graft



Gender Commission chairperson, Margaret Sangarwe, was yesterday arrested for allegedly swindling millions of dollars meant for the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) summit that was held in Victoria Falls.

Former Tourism minister, Walter Mzembi, is wanted by Zacc again


The then Tourism minister, Walter Mzembi, reportedly faces arrest for alleged links to a syndicate that siphoned money from government during the global tourism showcase.


He was recently granted bail after being taken to court for allegedly diverting television sets that were bought by government to market the summit.


The TV sets were allegedly donated to the Pentecostal and apostolic churches without authorisation.


The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), working in collaboration with the police, arrested Sangarwe, then permanent secretary in the ministry, and Aaron Mushoriwa, an official who participated in organising the summit.


Sangarwe is accused of opening a bank account with the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) and using it to withdraw $1.5 million in summit funds that was used to purchase vehicles that the team registered in involved individuals’ names.


The team allegedly registered a company, Mosi Development Company, in which they, together with Mzembi, were directors.

They reportedly used the company to draw more money from the tourism fund, whose source was not immediately clear.

The Zacc spokesperson, Phyllis Chikundira, confirmed the arrests and the suspects were taken to Mabelreign Police Station in the capital pending their appearance in court on Wednesday.


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