Deputy minister Karoro arrested for theft

By Peter Chivhima

The Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Douglas Karoro is expected to appear in court this Saturday on allegations of criminal abuse of office.

Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of Karoro on Friday, together with his three accomplices.

Karoro is being accused of allegedly diverting 700 bags of fertiliser, maize seed worth US$18 000 and 5 000 vegetable combo kits from Presidential Inputs Schemes in March and April before selling them and pocketing the money.

Karoro becomes the third serving minister to be arrested for criminal abuse of office as the Second Republic continues to march towards creating a corruption free nation.