Former Ministers Walter Mzembi and Samuel Undenge were granted bail when they appeared at Harare Magistrates court on Saturday morning. Mzembi was granted $400 while Undenge got $300 bail respectively.
The pair was detained at Marlborough Police Station in Harare after being arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on charges of criminal abuse of office on Friday. Speaking to The Herald, Mzembi’s lawyer Mr Job Sikhala said his client was facing allegations of donating to churches four television sets bought by the Government for the promotion of the World Cup in 2010. Said Sikhala:
My client was summoned to the ZACC offices in the morning. However, I was occupied at the Harare Magistrates’ Court and I picked him in the afternoon to go to ZACC offices in Avondale. He is charged with contravening section 174 of the Criminal Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23, which is abuse of office as a public figure. Allegations are that he donated two television screens to the United Family International Church led by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, one television screen to Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries and another to Zion Christian Church Bishop Nehemia Mutendi in Masvingo. The television sets were bought by the Government for the promotion of the World Cup in 2010 and after the World Cup, Mzembi donated them to the churches.
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Undenge’s lawyer Mr Alec Muchadehama did not answer his mobile phone despite several calls made to him. However, sources close to the investigation say Undenge abused his position as the former Minister of Energy and Power Development to influence ZESA to give tenders to his friends without following proper procedure.