The resignation of former Vice President of Zimbabwe Kembo Mohadi has left cigarette smugglers vulnerable as he has been named as a major player in the smuggling syndicate offering protection when he was still in power.
This comes after the police are in an intensive operation to arrest illicit traders and smuggling kingpins that are taking place along the Limpopo river.
Approximately more than ten smuggling kingpins have been arrested this year alone in a joint operation between ZRP and South African Police Service (SAPS).
In an interview with Thembani Muleya, a reliable source, this publication can reveal that smugglers were irked after the resignation of Second Secretary of Zanu PF Mohadi as he shielded many syndicates and their kingpins.
“All smugglers are not happy with several arrests that were made since the resignation of former Vice President Kembo Mohadi who is one of the major players in cigarette smuggling into South Africa.”
Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) is estimated to be losing 90% of its tax revenue through cigarette smuggling.