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Calls to also freeze Ambassador Uebert Angel’s assets

Following freezing of the ‘Gold Mafia’ suspects’ assets by the Financial Intelligence Unit FUI, there have been calls to also do the same for Ambassador-at-large Uebert Angel’s assets since he was shown in the Al Jazeera documentary self-incriminating.

Kenya-based former cabinet minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has called for the government to also punish Ambassador Angel.

According to state media, government on Tuesday directed relevant State organs to institute investigations into the allegations that were raised in the documentary where some people are on record admitting to receiving kickbacks from the alleged gold mafia.

FIU directed that the 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 to 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.

Following all this, Professor Jonathan Moyo says the real culprits should be brought to book.

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”.

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!

Calls to also freeze Ambassador Uebert Angel’s assets

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