AN AIR Zimbabwe executive who bled the airline millions of dollars in a “fraudulent” aviation insurance deal wept yesterday as she was told she faces jail. Grace Pfumbidzayi, the national flag carrier’s former company secretary, was the nexus of a US$10 million insurance swindle that “favoured” Navistar Insurance Brokers, a Harare magistrate ruled yesterday as she convicted Pfumbidzayi of criminal abuse of office.
Pfumbidzayi “planned and executed” the fraudulent transactions “in connivance” with the airline’s former CEO, Peter Chikumba, said regional magistrate Ms Fadzai Mthombeni.
The two former Air Zimbabwe bosses, Peter Chikumba and Grace Pfumbidzayi, have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal abuse of office.
Three years were suspended on condition of good behaviour meaning the duo will serve an effective seven years behind bars. – The Herald Newspaper