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Zimbabwe minister fired over missing pension millions ($94m)

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Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPrisca Mupfumira appeared in court on 26 July and denied charges of corruption against herImage caption: Prisca Mupfumira appeared in court on 26 July and denied charges of corruption against her

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira “for conduct inappropriate for a minister of government” after her arrest over the disappearance of millions of dollars from the country’s pension fund.

The country’s anti-corruption commission alleges the money went missing during her time as minister of labour and social welfare.

She was charged with the misuse of about $94m (£77m) from the state’s National Social Security Authority.

Ms Mupfumira denies the allegations.

The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka in the capital, Harare, says for years there have been accusations that officials have enriched themselves through the social security scheme, while giving very little to pensioners.

According the AFP news agency, Ms Mupfumira was sacked as social welfare minister by Robert Mugabe weeks before he was forced to resign as president by the military in November 2017.

She was appointed to the tourism ministry by his successor, President Mnangagwa – and is the first serving minister of his administration to be arrested.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: August 09, 2019 at 03:22PM

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