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President Mnangagwa fires anti-corruption boss Thabani Mpofu: Report

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly fired Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) head Thabani Mpofu over alleged corruption.

While the Presidency has not issued any statement to that effect at the time of publishing, online publication Nehanda Radio reported that Mpofu had been shown the door after being cornered in a corrupt fuel deal with top tycoon Billy Rautenbach.

“Sources close to this publication confirmed Mpofu has been relieved of his duties following allegations he was conniving with controversial fuel mogul Billy Rautenbach selling fuel outside Zimbabwe through his company Green Fuel,” the online paper reported.

“It is reported that the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) this week impounded two trucks loading unleaded fuel with allegations that Mpofu and Rautenbach are the runners. They claimed the trucks were carrying Covid-19 sanitisers.”

Nehanda Radio further said that last year, there was a plot to arrest Mpofu over reports of discord in how anti-graft crack teams have been operating. Allegations also claimed he was ‘too incompetent and corrupt’.

Mpofu did not answer phone calls when he was contacted for a comment.

SACU was established in 2018 by Mnangagwa with aim of improving efficiency in the fight against graft and to strengthen the effectiveness of national mechanisms for the prevention of corruption. ■

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