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Zimstat boss Taguma Mahonde arrested by ZACC over fraud

Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) director general, Taguma Mahonde has been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) over allegations of gross corruption and corporate malpractices.
ZACC spokesperson Thandiwe Mlobane confirmed the arrest of the controversial bureaucrat.
“Director General of Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, Taguma Mahonde has been arrested by ZACC for fraud.
“Investigations are still ongoing,” she said.
Mahonde has hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons after he reportedly secured a service car, a Toyota Land Cruiser valued at US$28,000 for just US$300 after just three years of service.
An official letter by the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED) managing director Davison Mhaka authorised the controversial purchase.
Recently, Mahonde was also gifted a luxury Land Rover Discovery which was bought in 2021 leading to him owning two vehicles in five years against principles of good governance.
He also enjoyed lavish benefits whose funds he failed to produce invoices for, as per standard practice in good governance.
Investigations unearthed that Mahonde received school fees allowances in US dollars despite ZimStat employees earning their wages in the local currency.

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