Zimbabwe: Lawyer sucked into US$40 000 bribe scandal

Published: 21/Aug/2020
Source: The Herald (Harare)

Zvamaida Murwira – Senior Reporter

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating a case in which a Harare lawyer, Mr Meluleke Lunga, is alleged to have filed papers in the High Court purportedly from the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office on the instruction of suspended Registrar General, Clemence Masango, to have a Chinese national’s citizenship nullified.

Upon filing the papers, Mr Lunga is alleged to have accosted the Chinese national, Mr Bruce Charles, also known as Zhu Bu, demanding US$40 000 as bribe to have the matter withdrawn.

In the papers he filed before the High Court, which now formed part of the record, Mr Lunga is alleged to have claimed that Mr Bruce was an illegal immigrant who had irregularly acquired Zimbabwean identification particulars and used them to attain shareholding in several firms.

It is alleged that Mr Lunga misrepresented that the RG’s office wanted an order declaring null and void Mr Bruce’s Zimbabwean national identity, passport and driver’s licence.

In a new twist of events, Masango who is on suspension over allegations of abuse of office, says he never made such an application.  He has since made a police report.

Read further: https://www.herald.co.zw/breaking-lawyer-sucked-into-us40-000-bribe-scandal/

Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2020