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Development Fund Abuse Charges Withdrawn Against Zimbabwe Legislator

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

Mhlanga, a legislator for Pumula North, is one of the four parliamentarians, including Marvellous Khumalo of St. Mary’s, Franco Ndambakuwa of Magunje, and Cleopas Machacha of Kariba, who were arrested and charged with abusing the 50-thousand dollars they received from the state to improve their constituencies.

The state has withdrawn charges of misappropriation of the Constituency Development Funds laid against Bulawayo lawmaker Albert Mhlanga of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Tsvangirai, making him the first parliamentarian to have such charges withdrawn.

Mhlanga, a legislator for Pumula North, is one of the four parliamentarians, including Marvellous Khumalo of St. Mary’s, Franco Ndambakuwa of Magunje, and Cleopas Machacha of Kariba, who were arrested and charged with abusing the 50-thousand dollars they received from the state to improve their constitutencies.

Liberty Mcijo, Mhlanga’s lawyer, told Studio 7 the withdrawal was a directive from the attorney general’s office and no reasons were given for the decision.

Recently, attorney general Johannes Tomana called for a halt of prosecutions of legislators accused of embezzling the fund.

Mhlanga tells reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga he has accounted for all the money he used in his constituency to auditors and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.

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