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Kagonye fraud case faces collapse- ZACC

Staff Writer

THE Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (ZACC) says they have not managed to gather enough evidence to nail ex-labour minister Petronella Kagonye who stands accused of swindling funds from a housing cooperative.

The ex-labour minister was arrested in 2015 by the Police Anti-Corruption Unit and the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) becoming the third former minister then to be asked to account for charges relating to land allocations, and the eleventh on corruption-related charges.

Allegations are that sometime in 2015, Kagonye — through her company Glorious Properties — was sucked into Goromonzi South land disputes where she was accused of swindling cooperatives, among them Shingiriro Housing Cooperative.

The ex-minister is also being accused of converting US$18 000 meant for residential stands.

In a shocking development, the ZACC investigations officer Gilbert Manyore has said he had encountered a challenge in investigating another count of fraud as an unnamed bookkeeper was outside the country.

He said the availability of the bookkeeper was critical in the investigations. The officer also said the documents of the co-operative were not enough.

Several high level corruption cases investigated by ZACC have collapsed after prompting many to categorise ZACC as a toothless dog.

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