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Govt To Punish Gold Mafia Criminals

The Zimbabwean government has stated that it will punish the criminals mentioned in the Al Jazeera documentary Gola Mafia, which exposes gold smuggling and money laundering operations in Zimbabwe.

Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the minister of information, publicity, and broadcasting services, promised to update the public on new developments in a statement seen by Harare Live News. Read the following statement:

Government takes note of a documentary titled “Gold Mafia”, currently being serialised by an international broadcasting channel which purports to expose a network of alleged money laundering and gold smuggling in Zimbabwe.

Government takes the allegations raised in the documentary seriously, and has directed relevant organs to institute investigations into the issues raised therein. Any person found to have engaged in acts of corruption, fraud or any form of crime, will face the full wrath of the law.

Government takes this opportunity to re-affirm its commitment to upholding local and international laws, including laws relating to financial transactions, the trade of gold and other precious minerals.

Boastful behaviour and name-dropping by some personalities featured in the documentary, seeking personal gain and glory, should never be taken as an enunciation of Government Policy.

Government remains seized with the matter and the nation will be kept apprised of any new developments.

The president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, Henrietta Rushwaya, the president’s envoy to the Americas and Europe, Uebert Angel, and some ZIMRA officials, according to some interviewees, were all allegedly involved in gold smuggling schemes in two episodes of the documentary that Al Jazeera released.

Additionally, it is claimed that Zimbabwe loses more than $1 billion annually due to gold smuggling.

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