Zesa scandal: Crack team arrests Jere as more heads are set to roll

The Special Anti-Corruption crack team in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office on Friday arrested businessman and CAPS United boss Farai Jere, and two Zesa employees on charges of fraud involving the sale of electricity meters using allegedly falsified documents to prejudice Zesa by as much as US$4 million.

The arrest comes at a time when the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission has been ordered to investigate the entire Zesa board and the suspended executive chairman Sydney Gata.

Mnangagwa ordered Zacc to investigate corruption allegations leveled against Gata by Zesa authorities.

“The docket is almost complete and the entire Zesa board was invited for interrogations at Zacc,” said the source.

Zim Morning Post saw the Zacc charge sheet in which abuse of office charges are being preferred on Gata.

On Friday the crack team head Thabani Mpofu confirmed the arrests, but said more details would be availed later.

“l can confirm that Farai Jere has been arrested together with two Zesa employees on allegations of fraud,” he said.

“They are appearing in court very soon, but I cannot give further details at the moment.”

Sources close to the investigation said Jere, reported to head Helcraw Electricals, was involved in the procurement of Zesa meters, and that procurement, which could have cost Zesa up to US$4 million, is the foundation of the allegations.