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ZACC Says Graft Allegations in US$6 Million Public Funds Theft Case Against Zanu PF Lawmaker Wadyajena Overwhelming

Justice Mayor Wadyajena
Justice Mayor Wadyajena

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says it has uncovered overwhelming evidence against Zanu PF lawmaker, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, as it has seized his assets and issued a warrant for his arrest in a case which involves almost US$6 million in looted public funds.

In a tweet today, ZACC said, “…We have investigated him, seized his assets and issued his (warrant of) arrest. But we do not have the power to prosecute. We strongly urge the prosecution authorities to deliver justice for the people of Gokwe and Zimbabwe.

“We have uncovered the following evidence against Mayor Justice Madyajena. US$5.834 million stolen from public funds, Truck and trailers worth US$1.480 million. Zimbabwe deserves justice.”

Wadyajena was unavailable for comment as he was not responding to calls on his mobile phone.

Addressing villagers in the Midlands province, the Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator, told ZACC to confiscate every piece of property he owns in a clear act of defiance against the anti-graft body.

In a video circulating on social media, he is seen being carried around by villagers praising him for being a powerful political force in the region.

He is heard in the video as saying, “Let them take the trucks, let them take cars, even if they want to take my houses let them come and take them … I came from this area, if things go bad I will come back. I left this area with a bag and if things do not work out I will come back with my bag. I have heard people say I will go to parliament on a bicycle or a ZUPCO. What is wrong with that? Are those who use bicycles and buses not people? I will use those.”

He owns Mayor Logistics, which is accused of allegedly siphoning material resources and funds from the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe, together with some top firm executives, who are facing similar charges.

ZACC raided a warehouse at his farm in Gokwe where a substantial amount of presidential farming inputs for peasant farmers were recovered.

He allegedly attempted to smuggle two of his upmarket vehicles to South Africa, which were impounded by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.