Zimbabwe’s new president named his first cabinet Thursday, appointing one suspected fraudster whose case is still before the courts to a key portfolio of deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Development
Harare East MP Terrence Mukupe (40) was charged with fraud and appeared in court in February along with three others. The three were remanded to the 6th of March for trial at the Karori Magistrate’s Court.
The allegations follow an incident, where zimra officials at Chirundu Border post discovered that three tankers that were headed for the DRC were filled with water instead of diesel.The diesel had not paid any duty when it entered the country because it was destined for another country. It is alleged that Mukupe and his accomplices emptied the tankers and replaced the diesel with water to avoid paying customs duty. The state was allegedly prejudiced of $41 692, 82.
In July this year MARONDERA Central MP Lawrence Katsiru (Zanu PF) lodged a complaint in the National Assembly, accusing Mukupe of threatening to kill him over an undisclosed matter.