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Top civil servant commits suicide over corruption charges


A top civil servant in Zimbabwe, Charles Tawonerera Kuwaza has committed suicide by jumping from the 9th floor of a building in Harare.

Charles Tawonerera Kuwaza
Charles Tawonerera Kuwaza

The Herald Zimbabwe reports that Kuwaza who was the former Chairman of the State Procurement Board, SPB, died early Wednesday in a case of suicide having descended from the Club Chambers building.

The incident has caused a serious stir in the area.

According to the newspaper, he was collecting documents to help with his defence in a matter before the courts.

Before the suicide, Kuwaza was facing five counts of corruption involving over $1 million and ZW$2,5 billion.

He was granted bail on $2 000 on March 24.

Sources at the scene of the tragedy told the newspaper that the former SPB boss went to his office around 11am. His wife who had accompanied then remained in the vehicle.

When the wife made a follow up some 40 minutes later, Kuwaza’s lifeless body was found crushed on the tarmac.

However, the police Spokesperson in the area, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, said, “The police are investigating circumstances in which a male adult is said to have jumped from the ninth floor of the Club Chambers building in Harare and died.”

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