14 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Air Zimbabwe Executives Arrested

TWO more Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) executives, Peter Chikumba and Innocent Mavhunga have been arrested in connection with an insurance scam at the national airline that prejudiced it of more than US$10 million.

According to a statement by police spokesperson Charity Charamba, Chikumba (59), AirZim chief executive officer (CEO) from 2007 to December 2010, and Mavhunga (53), the suspended CEO, are accomplices in the fraud case of company secretary Grace Nyaradzo Pfumbidzayi, who was arrested on Wednesday.

Pfumbidzayi was arrested on six accounts of fraud and one of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer for allegedly swindling the airline of more than 5,8 million pounds and US$1,29 million.

"The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to put it on record that investigations are firstly conducted before picking any suspect for prosecution," Charamba said.

"Police do not just arrest to investigate but need to gather evidence to link a suspect with the commission of an offence before effecting an arrest.

"In the case of Air Zimbabwe, a report was made on 3rd January 2014 with no forensic audit report available. When the report was later supplied, police had to expertly sift through and analyse six voluminous reports to establish a prima facie case against the accused."

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