Saturday 16 December 2017

Mozambique: Ex-transport minister faces graft charges

Mozambique: Ex-transport minister faces graft charges
(APA 08/08/17)
Paulo Zucula, former transport minister

Mozambique's Central Office for Combating Corruption, (GCCC) has accused former transport minister Paulo Zucula of abuse of office and taking bribes amounting to about US$37,000, state media reported on Tuesday.

According to Noticias daily newspaper, the GCCC, a unit under the Attorney General's Office, also accused current and former officials of the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM) of crimes related to abuse of office.

It is alleged that while transport minister in 2009, Zucula illegally authorized payments to members of the IACM board of directors without seeking permission from the Ministry of Finance.

The IACM officials are, on the other hand, accused of signing cheques equivalent to their salaries under the pretext that they were advances on wages. They however did not pay back the loans.

The cases were referred to the District Court of Maputo for trial.

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