Zimbabwe’s Ex Vice President, Phelekezela Mphoko Flees The Country After Anti-Corruption Questioning

Published 6 months ago by: CLARA JANCITA
at 20-08-2019 01:47PM (6 months ago)

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Zimbabwe’s former vice president has fled from anti-corruption questioning after he was summoned over alleged criminal abuse of office, officials said.

Phelekezela Mphoko, 79, who served under long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, was due at the police in Bulawayo, the country’s second city, to record a statement on the allegations.

But he drove off as soon as officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) approached his car.

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“We had agreed to meet at the police post at the magistrate’s court to record a warned-and- cautioned statement and have his fingerprints taken but when our officials approached his car, he drove away at high speed,”
ZACC spokesman John Makamure told AFP.

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“He is now a fugitive from justice,”
the spokesman said, facing accusations of ordering the release from police custody of a chief executive officer and a non-executive director of the state-run roads authority.