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POTRAZ Donation Gets Ex-Minister Kagonye Jailed 16 Months For Criminal Abuse Office

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The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe’s (POTRAZ) donation which was diverted by Former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Petronella Kagonye has got her sentenced to 16 months imprisonment by Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti.

This follows her conviction on Wednesday for diverting into her own use, some 20 computers which were donated through her by POTRAZ to benefit schools in the Zanu PF politician’s Goromonzi South constituency in 2018.

The politician courted trouble back in June 2018 when she wrote to then ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira requesting computers to donate to schools in her constituency.

On June 20, 2018 Mandiwanzira then wrote to POTRAZ requesting facilitation of the donations through its e-learning project to Goromonzi South schools.

POTRAZ donated the computers to Kagonye who sent her brother Evans Kagonye to collect them on her behalf.

POTRAZ later made a follow up on the donation but the computers could not be accounted.

Kagonye becomes a rare case of imprisonment involving a top Zanu PF official.

Muchuchuti sentenced Kagonye to 36 months in jail before setting aside 12 months for five years on condition of good behaviour.

A further eight months were set aside on condition she restitutes US$10 000 equivalent to the laptops she stole.

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