Well placed sources inside the country’s anti-graft body ZACC have revealed that a relative of former Minister Petronella Kagonye has been shielding her from prosecution after she allegedly siphoned $400 000 from NSSA to her election campaign in 2018, The Standard reports.
The case was reportedly opened 2 years ago and ZACC has reportedly been sitting on it since then. A source privy to the issue told the publication that:
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A case of abuse of office when she was Labour minister was opened with Zacc, but because she has a relative linked to the husband (name supplied), it has been difficult to pursue this issue.
When ZACC was asked for comment, John Makamure said he needed more time to look into the issue.
Kagonye’s alleged siphoned US$200 000 to a disability conference in her Caledonia constituency and a further US$200 000 to a school in Ruwa just before the July 2018 elections.
Kagonye is also being investigated for allegedly ordering that Lameck Danga be appointed the National Building Society NBS CEO boss, despite coming second during the job interviews.
Kagonye was arrested by President Mnangagwa’s SACU last week before she was released on $30 000 bail a day later.
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