The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday swooped on Zanu PF legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena shortly after he emerged from Parliament.
The Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator had just chaired an agriculture parliamentary committee meeting on the construction of Vungu dam in Midlands province when the ZACC agents pounced on him.
He was ordered to present himself at the ZACC Newlands offices where he was being quizzed by late afternoon yesterday, it emerged.
Also arrested yesterday were four Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) managers for allegedly committing fraud and money laundering involving US$5 million.
ZACC announced their arrest in a brief statement on Tuesday.
“The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena, Cottco officials Pius Manamike, Maxmore Njanji and Fortunate Molai, and Pierpont Moncroix Director Chiedza Danha on fraud and money laundering charges involving USD$5million,” ZACC said.
ZACC did not disclose any further details relating to the matter but said the five are expected to appear in court this Wednesday.
Wadyajena is reportedly facing multiple counts of abuse of office after looting presidential input scheme inputs meant for cotton farmers in his constituency.
Recently, investigations launched by the anti-graft body led to the recovery of stockpiles of cotton farming inputs which were found stashed at a Gokwe-Nembudziya warehouse linked to Wadyajena.
The raid was carried out by some ZACC officials who were accompanied by police. Wadyajena chairs parliament’s portfolio committee on land and agriculture.
It is widely believed he could have abused his parliamentary post and Zanu PF links to gain influences within the parastatal leading to the alleged abuse of inputs that were meant for distribution to farmers.
Wadyajena is seen to be very close to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his family.