The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested yet another top government official over alleged criminal abuse of office.
The former Director of State Residences, Douglas Tapfuma, was arrested after he allegedly imported personal vehicles without paying duty. He is said to have argued, during the time of importation, that he was doing so for the state.
ZACC commissioner in charge of investigations, Mr Frank Muchengwa, confirmed the arrest, saying Tapfuma will appear in court today. Muchengwa said:
I can confirm that Douglas Tapfuma has been arrested and he is spending a night at Mabelreign Police Station.
He is accused of unlawfully importing a number of vehicles using the name of the State.
He made people to believe that he was importing the vehicles on behalf of the State, when the cars were his. He then brought in the vehicles without paying duty.
The Herald reports that in 2018, a local private owned daily newspaper indicated that Tapfuma was using President Mnangagwa’s name and written letters to evade both ZINARA fees and excise duty.
The publication further reports that Tapfuma is also implicated in the disappearance of $6,4 million at Hwange Colliery.
Tapfuma becomes the second big name to be arrested by ZACC since the commission was given arresting powers.
Some analysts are however yet to be convinced that these arrests are not mere acting saying they will wait for convictions. They said that anti-corruption institutions have been “catching and releasing” therefore it is possible that these cases will also die natural deaths, as usual.
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