Tongogara’s daughter on the run

Sukai Tongogara, the eldest daughter of the late Zanla commander, General Josiah Magama Tongogara, is on the run as the fallout from the attempt to investigate top Zanu PF officials and certain State entities on suspicion of corruption continues to unfold.

Sources close to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) and the Tongogara family said Sukai was tipped off on Friday that law enforcement agents were on the verge of arresting her on charges of abuse of office.

They said Sukai, who is Zacc’s general manager in charge of investigations, was being victimised for trying to expose alleged corrupt deals at various government departments and agencies. 

They said Sukai, a lawyer and former magistrate, was being caught up in crossfire in Zanu PF’s internal fight over the indigenisation policy.

“Sukai was told Friday that she will be locked up for the whole weekend in order to silence and fix her for daring investigating senior officials,” said a Zacc official. “This is pure persecution because what she is doing is on behalf of the commissioners. Our understanding is that this exercise has the blessing of President Robert Mugabe as he has openly spoken against corruption.”

Another official said investigators were now living in fear as a number of them have been threatened at their respective homes by unknown people.
“We fear for our lives and it appears no one will give us protection,” he said.

However, Police spokesperson, assistant commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday insisted police were not looking for Sukai.
But Zacc spokesperson, pastor Goodwills Shana confirmed that a hunt was on for Sukai.

“We understand that certain people are looking for her. But as to their identify we are not sure,” he said.

Shana said while Zacc was concerned about the security of its staff members, the anti-graft commissioner believed no harm would come to them.

He said Zacc was still to be appraised on the reasons behind co-Home affairs minister, Kembo Mohadi’s decision to redeploy the commission’s chief executive officer, Ngonidzashe Gumbo.

Shana expressed concern that Zacc was not getting the required support from other stakeholders such as the police and the magistrate’s courts which have been refusing to issue search warrants to the commission’s investigators.

He said although Zacc had no other recourse after the High court blocked it from investigating the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board, the body was happy that the issue had been exposed.

Shana said it was now up to the public to judge which side was wrong or not.

Although Zacc can investigate cases of fraud and corruption, the body has no arresting and prosecuting powers.

Sukai could not be reached for comment as her mobile phone was unavailable yesterday.

11 Responses to Tongogara’s daughter on the run

  1. Gazebo March 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Zimbabwe yakaoma varume ndabvuma.saka why did the Gvt waste money setting up a toothless organ,the Zaac?

  2. PhilaniNcube March 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Investigations has to be effected in order to arrest those who busy stealing people”s resources we want that is free of corruption it does not matter whether they call themselves ingqhuphunga but they should be charged for corruption

  3. Sheila Mercy Gotora March 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    This cover up just shows the current gvt takes us for stooges. They want the corruptio allegations to b swept under the carpet inorder to win elections. Zimbabwe will b forever mired in poverty while the fat cats grow fatter and are not brot to book. Wel done Sukai for ur efforts. U are eligible for high office not these thieves.

  4. Rex March 18, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I find it ironic that this same lady has many had innocent people detained over weekends and for 48 hours for baseless accusations made by the politically and financially connected and the minute she might receive some of the same treatment – like all ‘brave’ bureaucrats they RUN!

    Shame on you, if you have nothing to hide or are right, then stand your ground you COWARD!

    • blessing March 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      Iwe Rex stop hating. we all know what happened to her father. Brave woman investigating those thieves stealing in the name of the party. You dont even have half the balls to do what she is doing. Well done Sukai.

    • Rumbi March 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      Ndimi mbavha dzirikuuraya nyika hatisati tazvinzwa zvaurikutaura iwe why are you saying it today. Why should she be victimized? Because mukadzi here? Dont mind those haters ita basa rako iwe Zimbabweans are 1000% behind you.

  5. chris March 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    shame on you men picking on a woman.

  6. the truth March 20, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    in a proper system Kasukuwere should have resigned not just for political reasons but on moral levels but just like the Willogate he is going to get a pardon and continue looting.Its a shame that African politics is not morally driven.The good thing to learn now is the fact that if anything happens to the Tongogaras we know who is behind.

  7. Chihombe March 23, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Sukai is corrupt and whoever is following should do so vigorously

  8. bere March 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    @ Chihombe can you prove beyond wanton hatred that she is a corrupt personality,otherwise stop tarnishing her image.

  9. jackal March 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    instead of hunting down corrupt elements Sukai and the anti corruption commission are now the hunted,dai Tongo akararama all these greed but spineless cowards who would be silent.Secondly we must craft policies and laws that protects offices fighting corruption otherwise they will be cowed down by the corrupt powerful mafia that has ruined our country.Never give up Sukai your mission is far from being accomplished.

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