Zimbabwe Vice President’s wife arrested for alleged fraud

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The wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been arrested over allegations of money laundering, fraud and violation of exchange control regulations.

Spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), John Makamure confirmed that Marry Mubaiwa is likely to appear in court on Monday following her arrest on Saturday evening.

According to Reuters, an internal ZACC memorandum of the charges showed that between October 2018 and May 2019, Mubaiwa is accused of unlawfully transferring $919,000 to South Africa under the guise of importing goods, which it claims she never did.

Mubaiwa’s arrest comes two weeks after a local private media reported that she was going through a divorce with her husband Chiwenga.

The ZACC memo accused Mubaiwa of fraudulently obtaining a marriage certificate without Chiwenga’s consent earlier this year when the vice president was ill.

Appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa this year, ZACC is under pressure to show that it can tackle high-level corruption, which watchdog Transparency International estimates is costing the country $1bn annually.




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