Mozambique Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a process to justice authorities against the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula for allegedly approving undue payments while serving in office.

The file issued by the anti-corruption bureau states that the former minister authorized remuneration on behalf of board members from the National Institute of Civil Aviation, a branch from his ministry, local media reports on Tuesday.

Therefore the accusations extend against the former administrator of the aviation institute, the former general director of the Institute and the former head of the finance department.

The accused allegedly approved payments equivalent to their wages justifying as salary advances and never refunded the money until the amount reached alarming levels.

The anti-corruption bureau says that one of the undue payments include flights ticket to a family member of one of the board members from the aviation institute, when her benefit package did not include this item.

Zucula was sacked from his position as minister while serving the term of former president Armando Guebuza and he is expected to appear in court to clarify this questions raised by the anti-corruption bureau.

Zucula will be the second minister from the same ministry taken to court accused of corruption after his predecessor, Antonio Muguambe was sentenced to 4 years in prison for using state funds to pay for school fees of his children overseas as well as to accept a vehicle as a gift from the Mozambique Airports.

Zucula was once deputy-minister of agriculture during the period of the former president Joaquim Chissano and returned to the government positions when appointed for general director of the National Institute of Disaster Management and later Minister of Transport and Communications under the term of president Guebuza.

He is also the second former minister taken to court this year, after the accused Abdulremane Lino de Almeida, former minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs was condemned to two years in prison in July this year.

Abdulremane was accused by the anti-corruption bureau of abusing power and approving undue payments to individuals with no bond with the government. He was sacked from his position a year later after appointed in 2015 by president of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/