Deputy Agric Minister Karoro fired

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Harare (New Ziana) – President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has with immediate effect, relieved Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development deputy minister Douglas Karoro of his duties following his recent arrest on fraud charges.

President Mnangagwa has staunchly preached virtues of a clean government since coming into office in 2017.

Karoro who is out on bail pending trial, is facing charges of fraudulently acquiring inputs from Mushumbi Pools GMB depot worth US$73 300.

The fertiliser, maize seed and horticulture kits he allegedly took were meant for the Presidential Inputs Scheme for Mbire farmers.

In a statement, Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said Karoro had been removed in line with provisions of the constitution.

“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa, in terms of Section 340, Subsection(1), paragraph(f), as read with section 104 subsection 1 of the constitution of Zimbabwe has with immediate effect removed honourable Douglas Karoro (MP) as Deputy Minister of government for conduct inappropriate for a Deputy Minister,” he said.

Karoro, who has denied all charges claiming his arrest was caused by political adversaries, is jointly charged with Jeremy Phiri and Dean Dzimunya.

The GMB depot manager appeared in court separately but is facing the same charges.

Karoro becomes the latest senior government official fired for inappropriate conduct.

Others dismissed include former Health and Child Care Minister Obediah Moyo who was fired after being linked to corrupt drug procurement, former Tourism and Hospitality Minister Prisca Mupfumira who was also shown the door after accusations of corruption in a former ministerial portfolio, and former Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi.

Owen Ncube, the former State Security Minister and Energy Mutodi, a former deputy minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, are also among top government officials who have fallen victim to the President’s sword.
New Ziana

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