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Zanu-PF linked land baroness Smelly Dube arrested

ZANU-PF Midlands Province top official and Gweru businesswoman Smelly Dube has been arrested by a Special Anti Corruption Commission team on allegations of selling State land.

Dube was arrested while in hospital where she is being admitted on an ailment yet to be established. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of Dube this afternoon.

“Yes, I can confirm that the police working with the Special Anti-Corruption Commission have arrested Smelly Dube on allegations of illegal acquisition and sell of State land,” he said.

Dube’s illegal sell of state land emanates from justice Tendai Uchena’s Commissionn of inquiry report.

In July 2019, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Virginia Mabiza warned Dube who snubbed two scheduled Land Commission hearings and flew to the UK to receive an award that she was stretching the Commission’s patience too far.

Dube who is the Chief Executive Officer of River Valley Properties had not appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into the matter of sale of urban State land when she and her husband Mncedisi were subpoenaed in Gweru on June 27, 2019 and again when they were subpoenaed in Harare on July 3 the same year.

Her lawyers presented certificates of ill health on both occasions but a few days later the couple flew to the UK to receive the African Achievers Award.

Dube posted her pictures and videos from the awards ceremony in Newington, UK on River Valley Properties Facebook page.

Mabiza who is also the secretary to the Commission has previously warned that Dube’s behaviour is suspicious but she was not going to escape the law. 🔺

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