Businessman Kudakwashe Regimond Tagwirei, who is also a Seventh-day Adventist Church elder, says he is tired of being pestered by married women who come to him seeking financial assistance for their husbands.
Speaking while delivering a sermon to an SDA congregation, Tagwirei said he needed to “confess” a problem that he was facing.
He said he was being inundated with requests for money from married women. He said:
I have a problem and I want to confess. A big problem. There are many women or wives who come to me looking for help on behalf of their husbands…
The United States of America imposed sanctions on Tagwirei and the fuel company Sakunda Holdings which he owns. A statement issued by the U.S. Department of State on 5 August 2020 read in part:
Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13469, the United States is imposing sanctions against Kudakwashe Regimond Tagwirei, a notoriously corrupt Zimbabwean businessman, for materially assisting senior Zimbabwean government officials involved in public corruption. Sakunda Holdings was also sanctioned for being owned or controlled by Tagwirei.
Tagwirei has longstanding ties to the ruling party in Zimbabwe and high-level governmental officials, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who were listed in the Annex to E.O. 13288 in March 2003. He has used his relationships to gain state contracts and receive favored access to hard currency, including U.S. dollars, especially in the Mnangagwa era.
Tagwirei is also the Chief Executive Officer of Zimbabwe-based Sakunda Holdings. Government audit reports prompted a 2019 parliamentary inquiry into whether public funds were misappropriated, revealing the government had failed to account for about $3 billion disbursed under the Command Agriculture program, a state farm subsidy championed by President Mnangagwa and largely financed by Sakunda Holdings.