Mutsvangwas’ son, Neville, arrested for illegally dealing in foreign currency

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HARARE — Women affairs minister Monica Mutsvangwa’s son, Neville, has been arrested for illegally trading in foreign currency.

Neville, whose father, Christopher was pivotal in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascent to office in the November 2017 coup, was arrested by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) CID officers in a dramatic raid at his Mt Pleasant home this afternoon. No further comment was given by the police.

“Neville Mutsvangwa has just been arrested today at his Mt Pleasant home for illegally trading in foreign currency,” a source within the police said.

Neville is believed to be in state security crosshairs for also illegally dealing in Elon Musk’s Starlink, which he is reportedly selling despite a government ban.
In 2019, detectives raided Neville’s offices at Number 3 Sanfenand Flats on Fife Avenue in Harare, and found US$200 000 in cash.

However, Neville was not there but cops arrested his associates — Darlington Ndaba Chiwara and Henry Abrahams — on charges of illegally dealing in foreign exchange.

The detectives, however, found themselves in custody for allegedly cutting a deal with Chiwara and Abrahams, to only seize US$40 000, which was later reduced to US$20 000 by the time the money was declared at the police station.

No charges were proffered against Neville but was instead, allowed to fly to Madrid, Spain, to watch UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs.

Monica Mutsvangwa has characterised her son’s arrest as political victimisation, mantaining that Neville was not in forex trading.

“Is definitely political victimisation, because mwana wangu haana, haa trade in foreign currency. Haana, haa trade in ZiG. And I don’t what it is. Why it had to wait for me to be away. Vanyatso taimira kuti handipo. So I don’t know,” said Mutsvangwa in a audio which Zimbabwe Observer listened to.

— NewZimbabwe.

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