Ex-Labour Minister Petronella Kagonye has been arrested by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu) and faces several counts of fraud and illegal parcelling of state land.
This came hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared zero tolerance to corruption saying the arrests of both the “big and small fish” without fear or favour should become the new normal until sanity has been restored.
Investigations by the Zim Morning Post revealed that Kagonye has been selling state land using her company called Glorious Real Estate.
Sources told Zim Morning Post that Kagonye prejudiced the state and land seekers of over US$250 000 in the illegal sale of state land.
Sources said Kagonye also faces criminal abuse of office charges after she allocated all her siblings (seven members of her family) farms in Goromonzi district.
“During her time as chief lands officer, Kagonye parcelled farms to seven members of her family around Goromonzi. She also gave a farm to a minor, who, during the material time was below the legal age of majority,” said the source.
“She allocated a farm to one of her siblings, Ishmael Kagonye, who was 16-years-old at the time,” said the source.
Sources said those who suffered prejudice include members of Shingiriro Housing Co-operative, Solomon Mujuru Housing Co-operative as well as Ruwa residents whose premiums were collected yet the stands were never issued.
Kagonye is expected to appear in court Monday.
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