Dates set for ex Minister Mupfumira trial

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Zimbabwe’s former Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira will stand trial on 18, 19 and 20 November on charges of criminal abuse of office as a public officer. Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna pronounced the trial dates this morning when Mupfumira appeared for routine remand.

The former Minister, who was arrested last year and is out on bail, wants her bail conditions relaxed.  Part of the bail conditions are that she reports to police twice every week. Through her lawyer Harrison Nkomo, Mupfumira has made an application to report one a month at the police as part of her bail conditions and Magistrate Nduna is expected to rule on Mupfumira’s application on bail condition relaxation.

Part of her charges include the off-take agreement with Drawcard Enterprises Private Limited and Gweru Munyeza off-take Housing Project without a NSSA Board approval and not having gone through the proper tender process. Drawcard (Pvt) Ltd of Gweru also prejudiced NSSA of US$6 500 000 under similar circumstances.

Amongst some of her charges, Mupfumira is alleged to have ordered NSSA to inflate its budget to US$350 000 before claiming US$303 520 for personal and political interests in her constituency, having directed the advancement of US$62 250 000 worth of Treasury Bills in March 2017 as double cover to struggling Met Bank which in turn misappropriated US$37 035 000 of it.

Another US$4 908 750 was lost to Met Bank in June 2017 in an opaque housing scheme as a result of a directive alleged to have come from Mupfumira who demanded that the deal be signed within 48 hours.

Drawcard (Pvt) Ltd of Gweru also prejudiced NSSA of US$6 500 000 under similar circumstances.