Mnangagwa fires Priscah Mupfumira

Embattled... Zimbabwe has gotten worse under President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Embattled... Zimbabwe has gotten worse under President Emmerson Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday sent a clear signal on zero tolerance to corruption when he fired Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira from Cabinet.

In a letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, chief secretary to the president and cabinet Misheck Sibanda said Mnangagwa had removed the minister from office "with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a government minister".

President Mnangagwa on July 30 appointed Industry and Commence Minister Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu as Acting Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, a move created to allow Mupfumira some time to battle her corruption allegations in court.

Mupfumira was sacked as social welfare minister by ex-president Robert Mugabe weeks before a military-led coup that toppled the long-time ruler in November 2017.

She became the first senior government official to be interrogated by the commission, which was appointed by Mnangagwa last month after he promised tough action against graft.

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Mupfumira is also accused of leaning on the pension fund to enter into property deals with the same bank worth $15.7 million.

Mupfumira has denied the charges.

However, High Court judge Justice Erica Ndewere ruled that the lower court had misdirected itself in not considering bail for Mupfumira after the Minister had appealed to the superior court for her freedom.

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