ZACC Divided Over Justice Mayor Wadyajena Fraud Case | Report1 year ago
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has reportedly been rocked by divisions amid reports that there are attempts to interfere with evidence implicating Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena (ZANU PF).
Wadyajena and his accomplices, Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (COTTCO) managing director Pious Manamike, marketing manager Maxmore Njanji, Fortunate Molai also of Cottco and Chiedza Danha, director for Pierpont Moncroix Mauritius were arrested on US$5.8 million fraud allegations.
They were granted $200 000 bail each last week and remanded to 8 September 2022.
In a statement posted on Twitter, ZACC implored the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe to do “justice” to the case.
However, the post was immediately deleted and reposted several times since being initially posted on Thursday afternoon, before it was permanently deleted on Friday.
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NewsDay reported ZACC insiders as saying that there were divided opinions on how to deal with Wadyajena’s case.
There are allegations that some “outsiders within government” were plotting to tamper with the evidence against the Gokwe-Nembudziya MP. Said a source:
Some senior government officials gave a directive for ZACC to alert the public on the need for Wadyajena to face the wrath of the law, a decision challenged by others.
ZACC spokesperson John Makamure on Thursday night unwittingly confirmed the infighting. He said:
This is an internal matter which needs not be publicised. Whoever uploaded the statement on our Twitter handle did so without authority from the superiors.
The statement does not represent the position of ZACC as an institution.
Critics have accused the State of sweeping under the carpet corruption cases involving ZANU PF officials and the ruling elite.