New Zimbabwean officials arrested in the corruption scandal

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NEW ZEALAND – New Zimbabwean Deputy President, Minister of the Interior, and Minister of National Security were arrested in an investigation into alleged corruption by former President Robert Mugabe.

On Thursday, the police also arrested the chief of the National Intelligence Service, the National Security Council, and other officials.

Mugabe, who was removed from power in December, was among those arrested, and police and military personnel were also involved.

The arrest of Mugabe and other senior officials is part of a broad investigation by the Supreme Court into alleged abuses by the Zanu-PF party, a move that has resulted in the impeachment of the party’s leader, Grace Mugabe, and his wife.

A former senior official at the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, Mr. Mwiyeni Mba, was also arrested in connection with the probe.

New Zealand Police Chief General Mwabye Nkwali said on Thursday that officials involved in corruption were arrested and charged with corruption.

“The people involved in graft were arrested,” he said.

He did not give details about the arrests.

Nkwali did not respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Mwezi, a former member of the ZANU-PF leadership who served as deputy prime minister and national security adviser, is a former political prisoner.

His arrest is the latest development in a corruption scandal that has rocked the country in recent months.

During his tenure as president, Mugabe led ZANOZA into the 2014 elections to the presidency and to the National Assembly, the upper house of the legislature.

But Mugabe failed to win the presidency in 2019 and resigned from office in early 2018.

Zimbabwe has been in turmoil since 2014, when President Robert Macky led a military coup against the elected government of President Robert-Paul Mugabe who had ruled the country since 1980.

While the military was ousted from power by Mugabe in 2017, the country has struggled with political instability and social unrest.