The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday arrested Gender Commission chairperson Margaret Sangarwe and other officials that were involved in the organisation of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference held in Victoria Falls in 2013 on allegations of swindling Government of millions of dollars.
Sangarwe was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry when the conference was held. She was arrested together with Aaron Mushoriwa, another official who was involved in the organisation of the indaba. ZAAC spokesperson Mrs Phyllis Chikundura confirmed the arrests and said the duo which is detained at Mabelreign Police Station is set to appear in court tomorrow. A ZACC official who spoke to The Herald said Sangarwe was arrested for using money meant to organise the UNTWO conference to purchase vehicles for personal use. Said the source:
Sangarwe opened an account with Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe and got $5 million after lying she had a Government guarantee.They withdrew $1,5 million and bought vehicles which they registered in their names. They also formed a company called Mosi Development Company in which they were directors together with Mzembi, which they used to siphon the money. We have recovered some of the vehicles that were procured using the money.
The Herald reports that Walter Mzembi faces arrest since the conference was held during his tenure as Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister. ZACC officers are looking for Mzembi in connection with the matter.