Pikininis wrongly charged: Jonathan Moyo

By Phillipa Jaja |

Exiled former cabinet Minister Jonathan Moyo has called out the Government for wrongfully persecuting four officials implicated in gold smuggling, money laundering, bribery and other corrupt activities whose self-incriminating comments are contained in an Al Jazeera document called the ‘Gold Mafia.’

 Cleopas Chidodo, David Chirozvi, Mehluli Dube and Fredrik Kunaka had their assets frozen by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) yesterday after a Government directive to relevant State organs to institute investigations into allegations of people taking part in corruption activities involving the gold mafia.

Moyo defended the action against the four saying it had left out the real Gold Mafia.

“It would be unwise to go after all of these pikininis – on grounds that they incriminate themselves in the documentary when everyone has seen that their handlers, the real Gold Mafia as described in the documentary, have done more and better self-incrimination, and basically nailed themselves beyond any escape.

For example, Ambassador Plenipotentiary Uebert Angel said he owns and runs something called Billion Group, which facilitates gold smuggling and money laundering. There is no reason for not freezing the assets of the Ambassador’s Billion Group, given what he says about it in the documentary!”

He pointed out that calling the accused the Gold Mafia was misdirected.

“Save that it is a misnomer to call Cleopas Chidodo, David Chirozvi, Mehluli Dube and Fredrik Kunaka, “Gold Mafia suspects”.

Far from it, none of these suspects are the “Gold Mafia”, as captured in the Al Jazeera documentary; rather at worst they can best be described as “Gold Mafia Enablers” or “Gold Mafia Pikininis”; otherwise they are all very important key “Gold Mafia Witnesses.”

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