Mnangagwa’s spin doctors rattled by Al Jazeera exposé

George Charamba, one of ED'spin doctors


THE Al Jazeera documentary which exposed how people close to President Emmerson Mnangagwa are involved in gold smuggling and money laundering has torched a storm, with citizens openly expressing anger at the plunder of the country’s resources and unbriddled graft.

Prominent people such as cleric Uebert Angel, Zimbabwe Miners’ Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya, among others, are implicated in the documentary as enablers of gold smuggling and money laundering.

ED’s team gave fragmented responses to the documentary with Passion Java rubbing salt on the wounds of Zimbabweans who are incensed by the revelations of the documentary.

The documentary attracted a lot of interest among Zimbabweans — clocking 1.2 million views in one day and over 6 000 comments on social media. The snippet on the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit’s Twitter handle attracted 88 000 views and 1 000 likes.

AFTER watching gold smugglers and money launderers breezing through Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare travelling to and from Dubai to deliver the proceeds of corruption in Al Jazeera’s investigative documentary Gold Mafia, it has become even clearer that the country’s biggest airport is now a gateway and paradise for smugglers, particularly gold.

As a major trading corridor, the airport —a gateway to Dubai and Johannesburg — is intricately bound up with patterns of human and goods movement, and consequently also with operations of smugglers who facilitate corrupt mobility.

A shadowy group called Team Pachedu has written to the United Kingdom Home Office asking it to investigate Uebert Angel’s UK financial activities in line with the Proceeds of Crimes Act.

Pachedu claims that Angel is a British citizen and was witnessed by @Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit in Glasgow conspiring to launder US$1.2 Billion using his diplomatic bag.

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