The Chair of the Africa Parliamentary Network Against Corruption (APNAC)-Zimbabwe has called for on Parliament to relieve a Member of Parliament (MP) of his position over a corruption scandal involving US $5million (Kshs.598.5million).

The Chair, who is also the Norton Legislator, Tema Mliswa, said he has evidence against Zanu PF MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena over a scandal involving looting of US$5 million from the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco).

Wadyajena was arrested by officers of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) last week and is out on bail following an appearance in court where he is facing fraud and money laundering charges. He was charged jointly charged with suspended Cottco managing director Pious Manamike, company head of marketing Maxmore Njanji and acting Procurement Manager Fortunate Molai.

The funds were allegedly looted by the group under the guise of acquiring some bales for the state-owned entity, however the funds were diverted to purchase 25 trucks for Wadyajena’s company.

Wadyajena is also accused of abusing his position as the Chairperson of Parliament’s Agriculture Committee to collude with Cottco bosses to fleece the company.

The scandal has also drawn in some MPs in his committee who are also suspected of having benefited from the looting, bringing into disrepute the August house.

The Gokwe-Nembudziya MP is set to lose 22 assets in addition to his Lamborghini Urus and a BMW X6 that were recently seized by Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) which issued a warrant of search and seizure in which it listed the believed to have been acquired with ill-gotten proceeds.

African nations, led by the African Union have aggressively taken up the fight against corruption, which has held back the resource rich continent.

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