Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (Zacc) spokesperson, John Makamure said the anti-graft body was still to confirm the date when Presidential Affairs minister and former Transport minister Joram Gumbo would appear in court over US$37 million criminal abuse of office charges as it is looking at increasing preferred charges.
Gumbo was arrested on Monday, but released into the custody of his lawyer after spending the day being interviewed by Zacc investigators.
“We are still to confirm the date when he is going to appear in court, because there are additional charges being preferred,” Makamure told Zimsetinel.
Gumbo is accused of corruptly facilitating the awarding of a US$33, 3 million tender to Indrastemas & Homt Espana of South Africa for air traffic control equipment without following procurement procedures.
He allegedly authorised the company to supply the equipment to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) without going to tender.
Gumbo also faces allegations of authorising renovations of a relative’s house to the tune of $1 million of public funds with a view to turn the property into Zimbabwe Airways headquarters.
Sources revealed that the former Transport Minister should explain the rationale behind reinstating CMED boss Davison Mhaka despite having been convicted of misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal.
Gumbo becomes the second sitting minister to be arrested by ZACC after former Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira was arrested in July.
By Success Majaramhepo