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Fall From Grace: Mnangagwa Fires Amb Uebert Angel

BUSINESSMAN and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s biographer Eddie Cross has claimed that Ambassador at large prophet Uebert Angel who is linked to gold smuggling in Zimbabwe has been stripped of his diplomatic passport and title.

Speaking in an interview with Al Jazeera after the channel broadcast the second part of its ‘Gold Mafia’ documentary series Thursday, Cross said Uebert Angel, who was appointed Ambassador at Large by Mnangagwa, had been stripped of the title and could face prosecution.

He added that a white gold dealer featured in the documentary had also fled the country.

ebert Angel was appointed by President Mnangagwa to be Zimbabwe ambassador-at-large to Europe and the Americas.

Said Cross:

“The so-called Pastor, the guy who claims to be a Christian pastor has been stripped off his diplomatic passport, in-fact he had his passport removed from him and the President has stripped him of all status, he might in fact face jail traders.

“The white gold trader has fled the country with his family.”

WATCH below;

 

Aljazeera: How Zimbabwe uses gold smuggling to evade sanctions

Zimbabwe’s government is using smuggling gangs to sell gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars, skirting some of the consequences of tough Western sanctions imposed on the country at the tur of the millenium, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) reports.

The smuggling feeds into an enormous money-laundering operation, all facilitated by Fidelity Gold Refinery, a subsidiary of Zimbabwe’s central bank, and enabled, in some cases, directly by senior government officials and relatives of the country’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe’s government needs United States dollars because the local currency has no value in international trade following sustained hyperinflation over many years. Gold – the country’s biggest export – is a good way to earn dollars.

But although gold trade itself is not barred, the additional scrutiny sanctions bring on Zimbabwean officials smother the government’s ability to transact directly in the international financial system, especially in dollars, said Karen Greenaway, a former US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who tracks illicit money flows.

“So you have to figure out other ways to do that,” she told Al Jazeera.

Mnangagwa Fires Amb Uebert Angel, Businessman Flees Country With Family

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