Zimbabwe: MP Sucked in Arrest of Mines Ministry Deputy Director, Surveyor for Extortion

Mazowe North legislator, Tsungi Makumbe, and his business partner recently…

Mazowe North legislator, Tsungi Makumbe, and his business partner recently reported two ‘extortionists’ to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) leading to their arrest and subsequent court appearance.

The suspects, Robson Farayi Chinanayi (32), a former government surveyor and Junior Mudyawabikwa(40), the deputy provincial mining director for Mashonaland West, were last Friday denied bail and remanded in custody to March 8 when they appeared before Chinhoyi Magistrate Rumbidzai Tshuma.

In her bail ruling, the presiding magistrate said there was a prima facie case against the pair and upheld arguments by ZACC investigators that they were a flight risk considering the gravity of the offence that carries a custodial sentence.

The complainant in the matter is Shingirai Kangara, the director of Perfect Gold Mining Syndicate, a Chitomborwizi-based mine in which the Zanu PF Member of Parliament (MP) and youth national political commissar has a stake.

According to the State outline, sometime in 2021, the complainant submitted an application for a mining certificate which was handled by Chinanayi, who carried out ground survey inspections and picked coordinates for the mine.

The court heard that in April 2023, Chinanayi left his position as a government employee and joined Anjin Diamond Mine, Mutare as a surveyor.

It was further averred that despite leaving his job at the ministry he continued working with the complainant over the same application.