Former minister, Saviour Kasukuwere is spending a night in police cells after he was arrested on fraud charges.

His lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange has confirmed that Kasukuwere faces three charges which were committed while Kasukuwere was still serving as a Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

The other count was allegedly committed while he was the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment in which he corruptly awarded a tender to a company called Brainworks Capital.

“My client arrived from South Africa yesterday (Sunday) and we communicated with the police and agreed to hand him over to them today (Monday) in the morning and the agreed time was 8:30 AM,” he told The Herald.

“We handed him to the Uniform Branch Special Anti-corruption Unit where they recorded his warned and cautioned statement on criminal abuse of office charges. From there we proceeded to the National Prosecuting Authority and spent hours there.

“We were then told that there were certain issues that police needed to attend to in respect of the allegations hence he was taken back to the police and is now being detained at Rhodesville police station pending his appearance in court today.”

Mr Samukange said the three counts were related to land issues involving former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe’s sister, Junior Shuvai Gumbochuma.

Gumbochuma appeared in court recently facing three counts of fraud. She was reportedly given land through the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing which she later sold for massive profits.