Bright Matonga to face corruption charges

HARARE - Deputy information minister Bright Matonga was arrested last week on corruption charges involving the acquisition of 48 Scania buses worth US$4.8 million from South Africa for the state-run Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco).
Matonga, a former CEO of Zupco, was first arreste

d for the same charges in 2004 but was acquitted after prosecutors failed to get incriminating evidence, his lawyer James Muzangaza said at the time.
Zupco chairman Charles Nherera is currently on trial for his alleged part in the corrupt deal. Local government minister Ignatius Chombo was fingered by the state’s key witness Jayesh Shah as having instructed him to delay blowing his whistle on the alleged corruption at Zupco.
Matonga is on bail and the case is expected to heard next month. He has also been involved in a legal battle with a Chegutu farmer, Tom Beattie, over a multi-billion dollar crop of oranges, which the deputy minister allegedly sold. – Staff reporter

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