Minister’s son diverts 10 tonnes of maize to buy a car

HARARE – POLICE have launched a manhunt for Andrew Mutinhiri, the son of Youth Development and Employment Creation Minister Cde Ambrose Mutinhiri, who is wanted for allegedly diverting 10 tonnes of maize acquired from the Grain Marketing Board to buy a car.

This follows a crackdown on errant and corrupt GMB officials and businesspeople that has also netted Marondera GMB manager Simbarashe Chigova and Mutoko ward 3 councilor Tsitsi Munokore on similar allegations.

Chigova is alleged to have exchanged grain with a car while Munokore was arrested in Mutoko for allegedly diverting two-and-a-half tonnes which were part of six tonnes of maize meant for food relief in her ward to her personal use.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Munokore gave one of her relatives Shupikai Chiripamakomo and two friends only identified as Tutsirai and Ponesai a 50kg bag of maize each.

Tutsirai works for the GMB.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri confirmed the arrest and manhunt for Mutinhiri, who is a director of a milling company in Mahusekwa.

Supt Phiri said allegations against Mutinhiri arose on September 23 after he acquired 27,9 tonnes of maize from GMB on the pretext that he wanted to mill and sell the maize-meal to the public.

He, however, allegedly used the grain to buy a Nissan Bluebird registration number 715-826W from one Tafadzwa Muzvidzwa.

It is alleged that he gave Muzvidzwa five tonnes for the vehicle and eight tonnes to the owner of a transport company that carried the grain from GMB. — HR. The Herald