Zimbabwe ex-minister of Power Samuel Undenge gets four-year jail for corruption

The former Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge, who served under Zimbabwe’s ex President Robert Mugabe sentenced to four years in jail for corruption.

Undenge has been jailed effective two-and-half years for abuse of public office after he handpicked a public relations company for the Zimbabwe Power Company without going to tender,”

He will however only serve two and half years of the four year sentence after the court said 18 months would be conditionally suspended.

Undenge in 2016 handpicked a public relations company owned by zanu-pf legislator Psychology Maziwisa and former ZBC news anchor Oscar Pambuka to do work for ZPC without going to tender.

He was found guilty of awarding a public relations service contract to a company owned by a top ZANU-PF ruling party official, without going to a public tender. The firm was paid $12,000.

Mugabe resigned in November after 37 years in power following a military coup.

His former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa took control, vowing to root out corruption in a bid to attract investors to an economy crippled by a decade of hyperinflation and a sharp shortage of foreign currency.

While Undenge looked stunned at the sentence, his wife Letina tried to avoid panicking in the exhibition. Letina was in any case, later observed crying outside the court.

Undenge’s legal counselor Mr Aleck Muchadehama had proposed a $50 fine or or community service.

“Given the background of the issue, the accused could have thought he was making the best choice. The accused has additionally as of now attracted a lot of media publicity which has been upsetting for him. In this manner, I recommend that a fine of $50 would be appropriate for the case in default installment or 30 days imprisonment,” he said.

Arraigning, Mr Jonathan Murombedzi contended that the court needed to imprison Undenge to debilitate defilement. He said Undenge was endeavoring to take cover behind Pambuka and Maziwisa when he was infact liable.

Be that as it may, his pundits say the 65-year-old has done little to tame join, blaming his organization for disregarding speculated degenerate senior authorities.

 

Prosecuting, Mr Jonathan Murombedzi argued that the court had to jail Undenge to discourage corruption. He said Undenge was trying to hide behind Pambuka and Maziwisa when he was infact guilty.

But his critics say the 65-year-old has done little to tame graft, accusing his administration of ignoring suspected corrupt senior officials.

Several ministers from Mugabe’s government were arrested for corruption and abuse of office in the months following the forced resignation of the 93-year-old veteran leader.

They included former finance minister Ignatious Chombo, ex-mining minister Walter Chidhakwa and ex-sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane, who are facing corruption and criminal abuse of office charges. Their trials are ongoing.

AFP

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