In an ongoing crackdown on corruption and maladministration in troubled Zimbabwe, police this week arrested the former mayor of the country’s capital, Harare, on charges of corruption and abuse of power during his tenure, media reports said.
Solomon Tawengwa, who was sacked from his mayoral position last June after a government inquiry found evidence of corruption and abuse of power, was charged with flouting procedures in the awarding of council contracts. Tawengwa was also a leading member of President Robert Mugabe’ ruling ZANU-PF party.
The case follows the arrest and court appearance of the country’s minister of land and agriculture, Kumbirai Kangai on corruption charges. The permanent secretary of the country’s oil procurement agency, NOCZIM, Colonel Christian Katsande, also appeared in court a week ago on charges of corruption.
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