Gold Mafia – The Zimbabwean government has responded to Aljazeera’s Gold Mafia documentary exposing high level graft involving large amounts of gold.
Information minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said government is already investigating allegations of gold smuggling and grand money laundering by dodgy businessman, including cleric Ubert Angel who is featured on the documentary.
“Government takes the allegation 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,” Mutsvangwa said at a press conference held in Harare.
“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,” she added.
Mutsvangwa indirectly addressed Angel’s sentiments in the Gold Mafia documentary purporting to be the country’s “Number 2” with authority to sign deals on behalf of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“Boastful behavior and name-dropping by some personalities featured in the documentary seeking personal gain and glory, should never be taken as enunciation of Government Policy,” she said.
The Gold Mafia documentary has drawn public anger, amid revelations that billions worth of gold is being salted out of the country, while millions of Zimbabweans remain hungry, living on less than $2 a day.