“Gold Mafia”: Authorities freeze assets of runners

By Senior Reporter

Zimbabwe’s financial authorities have reportedly frozen accounts of four individuals exposed in the Al Jazeera documentary – Gold Mafia – for their role in corruption, money laundering and smugglinbg.

The four work for various Government departments that were used as the smuggling corridor.

State media reports today that a memo by the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe directed that assets of Cleopas Chidodo, David Chirozvi, Mehlululi Dube and Fredrick Kunaka be frozen. 

“You are being directed to immediately identify and freeze all assets of the following individuals; Cleopas Chidodo, David Chirozvi, Mehlululi Dube and Fredrick Kunaka. May you also freeze all assets of legal persons and arrangements associated with them. Kindly treat this request as urgent,” read the memo in part.

Chidodo is the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe Head of Security who was captured in Episode 2 of the documentary detailing how he assists gold smugglers avoid detection as they transport their contraband to Dubai via Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, while Chirozvi is the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Aurex Jewellery Head of Finance. 

Kunaka is the General Manager of Fidelity Printers and Refiners. He was allegedly on the payroll of the gold mafia during which he received a kickback of US$30 000 a month, according to the documentary.

Dube, who was allegedly being paid US$3 000 per month by the gold smuggling syndicate, is associated with Golden Beryl Private Limited. 

The four form part of the team that has been aiding criminal elements smuggling gold and abusing their positions.

Behind the four minnows are shady characters that are allegedly siphoning millions worth of gold each week, mostly to Dubai.

The dark web has implicated an ambassador, Eubert Angel, who in turn appears to link the First Family in the illicit deals in as yet-to-be-screened episode.

On Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa addressed a press conference in which she promised action would be taken against those implicated in the controversial documentary series, which is being aired in four parts.

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