BREAKING: Dr Portia Manangazira faces charges of criminal abuse of office

A Top Ministry of Health and Child Care official, Dr Portia Manangazira has appeared in court facing allegations of criminal abuse of office, while former cabinet minister Ignatius Chombo has been arrested.

The Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Portia Manangazira will spend the night behind bars pending bail ruling after appearing at the Harare Magistrate Court on allegations of misappropriating funds and fuel meant for training community health workers involved in COVID-19 awareness campaigns.

Manangazira is facing four counts of criminal abuse of office; the first emanating from her alleged misappropriation of 800 000 United States Dollars and fuel disbursed by her ministry for a Covid-19 awareness training programme for 800 health workers across the country.

She is also accused of allegedly sanctioning the payment of more than 8 800 United States dollars to undeserving Ministry of Health and Child Care practitioners without following procedure.

Dr Manangazira also allegedly issued 3 290 litres of diesel in fuel coupons to privately owned motor vehicles registered with the ministry.

She will be back in court for bail ruling this Tuesday.

Meanwhile, former cabinet minister, Ignatius Chombo has been arrested on a fresh charge of criminal abuse of office.

Chombo’s Lawyer Professor, Lovemore Madhuku confirmed his client’s arrest saying he is detained at Rhodesville police station in Harare.

He said his charges emanate from the Tendai Uchena’s Land Commission Report, in which Chombo is fingered in several illegal state land sales.

The former cabinet Minister has pending corruption cases before the courts including one allegedly selling government property and attempting to defraud the central bank.

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