Zim Police to Summon Former VP Mujuru For Questioning

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POLICE could soon summon former Vice President Joice Mujuru for questioning on allegations of abuse of office and corruption amid revelations that the compilation of a docket implicating her is almost complete.

Sources close to the investigations yesterday confirmed that they were winding up investigations and she was likely to be summoned soon.

They could not shed more light for fear of jeopardising investigations.

It is  understood that most firms linked to Cde Mujuru have been searched and police have retrieved vital documents that could form the core of her questioning.

“We’ve searched most of the companies linked to the former Vice President and our investigations are almost complete.

“We’ve some of the documents we required and everything is in order,” said a police source.

Our Harare Bureau understands that findings have since been presented to senior police officers at Police General Headquarters in Harare.

Last month, police set up a team of senior detectives to probe firms linked to Mujuru.

The team, led by Chief Superintendent Luckson Mukazhi, is said to have visited some of the companies linked to the former VP to carry out investigations.

This followed the issuance of warrants by the courts to search companies linked to Cde Mujuru and her other assets after she was fired from government for behaviour inconsistent with the discharge of her duties as a public official.

Cde Mujuru is accused of extorting 10 percent shareholding in companies, demanding bribes, illicit dealings in diamonds and gold, attempting to defeat the course of justice, extorting investors, undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe and seeking to depose the President through unconstitutional means.

First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe exposed Cde Mujuru during her meet the people rallies in October last year when she brought to the fore her secret deals that smacked of corruption.

The former VP has avoided giving direct responses to the allegations.

Cde Mujuru also allegedly received cash payments from Kenyan and Indian financiers who had invested in the Mujuru family-owned duty-free shops at Harare International Airport before elbowing them out in a manner that bordered on extortion.

The former Vice President did not only receive cash payments in violation of the Companies Act and income tax regulations, but is also accused of having used her political status to induce lawyers of the aggrieved parties, Musunga and Associates, to renounce agency and forcing the investors out of the country after they had pumped over $1 million into the company.

In 2011, Cde Mujuru reportedly directed Secretary for Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Ringson Chitsiko to issue her family business with a permit to import chickens from Brazil against a government ban on such imports.

This was after she had allegedly struck a deal to import chickens from Brazil when she travelled to that country on official government business that same year.

The permit was issued despite there being a legal instrument banning the importation of chickens as a way of protecting local farmers.

Some of the chickens were reportedly delivered to the Zimbabwe National Army in an effort to buy their allegiance in her illegal regime change efforts.