Matibiri and Gudu appear in court over alleged TIMB fraud

By Peter Chivhima

TOBACCO Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) Chief Executive Officer Meanwell Gudu and his predecessor Dr Andrew Matibiri are expected to appear in court this Thursday on allegations of corruptly diverting inputs worth US$2.8 million to benefit undeserving large scale tobacco growers.

Gudu and Matibiri are jointly charged together with former TIMB Head of Special Projects Stuart Shanyika and TIMB Head of Human Resources Tsitsi Murahwa.

Gudu was arrested on Tuesday while Matibiri was arrested on Wednesday.

Recently, Gokwe Nembudziya Legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena together with Cotton Company of Zimbabwe Managing Director Pious Manamike were arrested on allegations of fraud and money-laundering involving US$5.8 million.

In June this year, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Douglas Karoro was shown the exit door after being dragged to court on allegations of diverting inputs which were supposed to benefit farmers in Mbire constituency under the Presidential Inputs Scheme.