Two former Zimbabwean cupboard ministers who served beneath ex-president Robert Mugabe have been charged with corruption, their legal professionals mentioned on Saturday.
Charged had been the previous overseas minister, Walter Mzembi and ex-energy minister Samuel Undenge.
Both had been charged with “criminal abuse of office”. They each denied wrongdoing.
Undenge is accused of issuing a $12,650 contract with out due tender to an organization that did no work, in accordance with a cost sheet seen by Reuters.
Mzembi and Undenge had been each granted bail on Saturday, requested to give up their passports and remanded till Jan. 22 when their instances shall be heard.
“We are going to make an application for an exception to the charge because the charges that my client is facing are ridiculous,” Job Sikhala, Mzembi’s lawyer, instructed reporters exterior the court docket.
Undenge’s lawyer Alex Muchadehama described the case in opposition to his shopper as a “circus”.
Former finance minister Ignatius Chombo is on bail after being charged in November over accusations he tried to defraud the central financial institution over a decade in the past. Chombo denies wrongdoing.
The court docket transfer was the newest signal of a crackdown on officers loyal to Mugabe.
Mugabe, 93, stood down in November after 37 years in energy following a de facto army coup, making manner for his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over.
When the army seized energy they arrested key allies of Mugabe and his spouse, Grace, who was vying with Mnangagwa to succeed her husband.