AirZim boss arrested

via AirZim boss arrested – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 13, 2014 by Paidamoyo Muzulu

SUSPENDED Air Zimbabwe company secretary and acting managing director Grace Pfumbidzayi was yesterday picked up by the police CID Serious Frauds Squad on six charges of fraud involving $7 million in relation to an alleged insurance scam at the airline.

This follows publication of an external forensic audit report implicating several senior AirZim officials.

The arrest comes hardly a day after Transport minister Obert Mpofu dissolved the entire Ozias Bvute-led AirZim board with immediate effect for failure to observe good corporate governance.

Pfumbidzayi, according to the report, was the architect of the scam since the national airline’s insurance issues fell under her office.

Police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed Pfumbidzayi’s arrest last night.

“It’s true she has been arrested and is facing charges of contravening section 136 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and a statement will be issued in due course,” Charamba said.

Pfumbidzayi is facing six counts of contravening section 136 of the Act [Chapter 9:23] (Fraud) where Air Zimbabwe allegedly suffered an actual prejudice of $1 298 827, 88 and €5 895 695, 90.

She is also facing allegations of contravening section 174 (1) (a) of the Act [Chapter 9:23] (Criminal abuse of duty as public officer).
If convicted, Pfumbidzayi faces a fine not exceeding level 14 or not exceeding twice the value of any property obtained by her as a result of the alleged crime, whichever is the greater; or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 35 years.

The AirZim board was accused of mishandling a forensic audit report into the airline’s affairs and failure to inform and advise Mpofu on developments at the corporation in line with good corporate governance.


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    This also will be swept under the carpet , she’ll walk free with a big exit package….its obvious

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago

    She has the right credentials for zanupfs mafia!

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago

    Bloody thieves, they all are! From top to bottom!m

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    The public must monitor the development on this case to ensure its not slept under the carpet.I am putting a marker on this case so that I can follow it to its final conclusion.My system will track it all the time.She should face treason charges for destroying our airline.

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    Chivindikiti, Dennis 9 years ago

    Shocking to witness events unfolding in Zimbabwe without feelings of sadness, hopelessness and regret. The whole system is skewed in favor of greed, power hungry, deceit, disrespect, insensitivity, lack of compassion and complete disregard for moral values. Zanu PF and its numerous cronies have brought the entire nation on its knees by its actions. They believe in entitlement and privilege. This is why our country bleeds to death today. Where to next Zimbabwe?

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    Inkuku 9 years ago

    Ya lizafele ejele masela.( you going to die in jail you thieves)

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    nesbert majoni 9 years ago

    But why is she the only one arrested. What about Muchechetere, Dube and the town clek just to mention a few. Is it because she is a woman.

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    yena uobert norobert bazakubotshwa ninina? hangithi ubusela buqala libona?