Zanu-PF lawmaker arrested for abusing state funds

A lawmaker from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party has been arrested on charges of abusing funds meant for development projects in his district, state media said Tuesday.

Franco Ndambakuwa, a legislator for the northern district of Magunje, was arrested Monday after failing to account for almost $40 000 of the $50 000 in constituency development funds allocated to him, the Herald reported.

Ndambakuwa is the second legislator to be nabbed in an audit of the $8-million grassroots development programme, after a parliamentarian from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party was also arrested over missing funds.

Eric Matinenga, minister for constitutional and parliamentary affairs, said in a statement the audit has looked at the programme in 65 of the country’s 210 constituencies and failed to get satisfactory responses from four of them.—Sapa-AFP

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