The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is investigating allegations that incarcerated former Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Prisca Mupfumira is receiving preferential treatment in prison.
Speaking to The Standard, Mupfumira’s lawyer, Charles Chinyama said: “I confirm the presence at Chikurubi Female Prison of two commissioners known to me from Zacc this afternoon.
They indicated that their intention was to investigate whether my client was being given preferential treatment ahead of other female prisoners, but after talking to them, they drove off.
I can’t comment on whether or not their request to access female prison holding cells was granted, that is an issue which falls within the domain of the Prisons Act and I am not qualified to comment.
One of the ZACC Commissioners Jessie Majome told the publication: “We could not access it and were advised to write a letter so that we can fully assess the circumstances under which she is living generally.
We are concerned about the reports from the media (of preferential treatment) and we have an obligation to investigate.
Mupfumira has been wallowing in at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison since the last week of July after she was remanded to 21 days in prison by the Magistrates Court following an application made by the state to deny her bail. The state alleged that Mupfumira would destroy evidence and interfere with investigations if she were to be released.