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The Central Bureau for Combating Corruption (GCCC) has accused the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula, of making undue payments amounting to 2,250,000 meticais, Notícias reports.
In the same case, the Attorney General’s Office unit also accuses Teresa Jeremias, former administrator of the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM), Lucrécia Celeste Merícia Ndeve, former director general of the IACM, and Amélia Abílio Levi Delane, former head of financial department of the same institution, of abusing their positions.
The case, 85/GCCC/13-IP, was referred to the Judicial Court of the Lhamankulu District in Maputo city for trial.
According to the documents in the file, in 2009, in the exercise of the functions of Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula authorised that remuneration be paid to the members of the Board of Directors of the IACM, an entity that at that time was to be controlled on the basis of a new chart. However, the IACM statute at the time required that such authorisation should be by joint order of the relevant minister and the minister of finance, which did not happen.
Other defendants are alleged to have written themselves cheques totalling 2,250,202 meticais, supposedly as advances on their wages, but never paid them back.
Other irregularities include the purchase of air tickets for family members of former administrator Teresa Jeremias, using IACM funds, without them being entitled to the same.
Paulo Zucula is the second former Minister of Transport and Communications in Mozambique to be accused of irregularities. The first was António Munguambe, who was sentenced in 2010 by a court presided over by Judge Dimas Marrôa to four years’ imprisonment for cover up of misappropriating of state funds, receiving significant amounts for the payment of his children’s education and for having benefited from a Audi A6 vehicle acquired with Aeroportos de Moçambique funds.Source: Notícias