Zacc GM surrenders to police

HARARE - Anti-corruption Commission general manager for investigations Sukai Tongogara, who has been in hiding since last week yesterday surrendered herself to police, the Daily News learnt yesterday.

Zacc deputy chairperson Teresa Mugadza confirmed the developments, saying police had invited Tongogara for “a conversation”.

“The last time I checked she had been invited by police for a conversation,” Mugadza said.

However, police spokesperson Charity Charamba denied police were in touch with Tongogara, saying they neither arrested nor invited her as claimed by Mugadza.

“It is not true,” was all Charamba could say.

Sukai is the eldest daughter of revered nationalist and late Zanla guerrilla commander, Josiah Magama Tongogara, who died in a horrific car crash on the eve of independence in 1979.

On Wednesday, Zacc spokesperson Goodwill Shana confirmed Tongogara was in hiding and had asked to be put in a “place of safety.”

Zacc officials told the Daily News that Tongogara had been at Harare Central Police Station for the better part of the day yesterday. An official at the organisation said: “She (Tongogara) was asked to present herself to police mid-morning today (yesterday) and they have been holding her since then.”

“There has not been communication from the police and Zacc officials have been at the Attorney General’s office, who are our legal representative trying to secure representation for her.”

The blitz was precipitated by an attempt by Zacc to search and seize documents from the offices of three powerful government ministers — Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Savior Kasukuwere and Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development minister Nicholas Goche.

The High Court — which had initially okayed the searches — stonewalled the anti-graft body from conducting searches at the offices of the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (Nieeb), the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara).

Zacc claims it has reasonable grounds to suspect that there was abuse of duty by public officers in the three bodies.

Nieeb has been in the limelight over alleged corruption in indigenisation transactions, involving particularly the $971 million Zimplats deal which observers said could have seen the country swindled of millions of dollars.

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