Zanu PF bigwig arrested

ZANU PF Manicaland chairman Mike Madiro and the party’s expelled provincial youth chair Tawanda Mukodza were reportedly arrested yesterday over an alleged litany of corrupt activities which include extorting close to $1 million from diamond mining companies in the province.

Report by Phillip Chidavaenzi/ Obey Manayiti

Madiro, whose arrest came after the party Presidium comprising President Robert Mugabe, his deputy Joice Mujuru, national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and secretary for administration Dydimus Mutasa had resolved to suspend the pair on Thursday, was nabbed at his Odzi farm, sources said last night.

Police could not immediately confirm his arrest by the time of going to print, but highly placed sources in Manicaland told NewsDay that the party provincial chairman was at Mutare Central Police Station where he was being interrogated.

Earlier, Mutasa had told journalists that Madiro and four of his subordinates — Mukodza, youth secretary for security, Admire Mahachi, youth secretary for information and publicity Masimbakuvanhu Kangai and former district coordinating committee chairman for Mutare urban, Clever Muparutsa — had been suspended from the party to pave way for police investigations.

“The Presidium met yesterday (Thursday) and decided to suspend the people we are going to announce and we are therefore happy to state that following allegations of fraud, corruption, theft, embezzlement and dishonesty levelled against (them), the party hereby announces the suspension of these members from any party activities with immediate effect in order to stop them from interfering with ongoing investigations,” Mutasa said.

He said the decision followed a preliminary police report made after investigations into the matter were opened.

“The police were asked to investigate allegations against these people and they have made a report, a preliminary report to the President and it is upon that preliminary report that these suspensions are announced,” he said.

He said Madiro’s deputy Dorothy Mabika will run party affairs in the province as she had not been caught up in the corruption dragnet.
Mutasa said there would not be sacred cows in the party’s quest to deal with corruption.

“The party has been talking again and again about the need for clean leadership and these people are suspected to have been involved in matters of corruption, matters of embezzlement and dishonesty.”

Apart from the diamond proceeds, the Manicaland provincial leaders reportedly looted an unspecified number of cattle meant for last year’s 21st February celebrations and a truckload of Presidential agricultural inputs meant for the province.

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21 Comments

  1. Lets get things in their right perspective. If the chairman of a province is a big wig what do members of the politbutro become? Gods perhaps? These guys are mere provincial functionaries, period

    1. Zanu Pf is at it again, sacrificing nobodies in the party structures to fool us it into believing it is serious about stumping out corruption. The strange net catches corrupt sqerrels whilst corrupt buffalos walk safely past the net. A pure political gimmick, we aint kids!

    2. @gutter poet. Dont coment kana usina zvekutaura, warwadziwa chete kuti zanu pf is putting its house in order.

      1. zanupf irikubira nyika yedu mari yema diamonds vana madiro vari kusungirwa kuti vaka isirei mari mu homwe dzavo, dai mari iyi yakapinda mu homwe ye bato hapana chai taurwa,tose tingadai tiri murima.why is it that makambani anoclema kuti they are harnessing diamonds for the nation,are channeling money to one political party bt not to the treasurery.furthermore,that political party is now a minority, after it lost the last election right from its president to councilors.RWENDO RWUNO INOENDA CHETE ZVAMAZVIROKWAZVO,IN JESUS;S NAME. AMEN.

  2. kikiki. That mashonaland part is disintergrating

  3. Nanga nanga netumbavha mazimbavha anoba chero munhu muchiasiya vanaObert Diamond Mpofu, Masimba Kangai I told you tiri kuCopac data uploading kuti chimbavha cheZanu hachibhadhare. See now, they have made you a scarificial lamp. Nyura Kangai utaure nezvevamwe vakuru vose vanyurewo.

  4. Zanu Pf is at it again, sacrificing nobodies in the party structures to fool us it into believing it is serious about stumping out corruption. The strange net catches corrupt sqerrels whilst corrupt buffalos walk safely past the net. A pure political gimmick, we aint kids!

  5. Tafirenyika Kapita

    Anyone who loses his job is a pregnant prostitute.Saka batai vanhu!!!!!!!

  6. Let’s start with Gracelands and other Gracegates and descend to the Chombos, Mpofus & Chiwengas before we can be convinced ZPF is serious about corruption. Otherwise this is just another cheap gimmick.

  7. This is ridiculous. Why not arresting Mpofu who bought ZABG using diamond money and Chombo who owns vast lands,stands and buildings in every town. What I know for sure is that they are trying to win votes by pretending to be shuning corruption by suspending a few low level individuals but their tactic is old and will bear no fruits. these suspended guys will be reinstated soon after elections.

    1. george bachinche

      You can’t arrest anyone because he or she has money. There has to be proof that the money has been ill-gotten.
      If you have evidence that Mpofu has or is stealing money from somewhere, then let the authorites know.

      One thing unbeknown to many commentators is that one can present themselves as rich when in reality they are not.
      It all dependence on your creditworthness. Banks and other financial institution can lend you money if they believe you are capable of repaying it. Mpfu’s Bank can actually received a loan from another bank for viability, if it has the potential of repaying.

      This is a far cry from the rural environment most of you commentators come from where there are no credit facilities.

  8. yes zanu z playn mind games, they think by arrestin small boys like madiro nd co, we wl b fooled. mark my words, this wl be thrown out 2 die a silent death. wat abt obert, chombo, matonga.. the list goes on. zanu z a disgrace, rotten to the core

  9. zanu is way past its time. stil leaving in e’ past like a rolls royce. old tired policies. bt their time 2 go has come!

  10. @ george bachinche

    Ur rite about 1 thing. ZPF’s rule or rather misrule has left Zim a rural set up. No credit lines, electricity, water, roads, health, industry, employment or anything pointing to civilization.

  11. Huku inodya mazai ayo

    1. yes, chickens slowly coming to roost. madiro why not spill the beans so that u dont go down alone. who taught you kuba kwerudzi urwu? if you keep quiet u will be sacrifised wega vakuru vako vachifara muzimbabwe itsva yemangwana after elections. vadure vese zvipere..

  12. Power corrupts, why is it so difficult to put the interests of the nation at heart, we voted these people to serve the nation ivo pasi tsvee they are fattening their pockets shame….mapurisa batai vanhu!!!

  13. Santiago Calatrava

    “The Presidium met yesterday (Thursday) and decided to suspend the people we are going to announce and we are therefore happy to state that following allegations of fraud, corruption, theft, embezzlement and dishonesty levelled against (them), the party hereby announces the suspension of these members from any party activities with immediate effect in order to stop them from interfering with ongoing investigations,” Mutasa said. What this means is that as long as you are within Zanu PF’s ranks you are above the law and you have every right to interfer with investigations. Mutasa apa watengesa musangano wako. Unotanga wafunga usati wataura.

  14. Ndaona pakanzi masimba kangai atodzidziswa kuba uyu nava kangai vekuba mabarwe enyika asi havana kana kumbosvika pa chikurubi vana madiro havana kwavanoenda maface zanu was only serious with corruption pa sandura commission corruption ku zanu ndoyavanoti empowerment wanzwa here ?

  15. Cde Madiro twice suspended, munonyanya kuvavarirei? Form your party because you are neither wanted in Zanu-pf nor Mdc because of your thieving behaviour. Vari kukunyeperai here? This time you may serve your suspension in Chikurubi.

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