“Scandal Of The Century: Mnangagwa, Chiwenga Externalising Billions of $US Through Proxies”: OPINION
29 October 2020

in a corruption scandal of the century involving Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga, billions of US dollars stolen cash is externalised every month. Gold worth over US$100 million and diamonds worth over US$ 200 million are smuggled out of the country to be sold in foreign countries and money deposited in the off shore accounts by President Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga using proxies.

Involved in this shameful scandal is President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Deputy President, Constantino Chiwenga, State Security Minister,  Owen Mudah Ncube, Mines Minister, Winston Chitando, ZANUPF Acting Spokesman, Patrick Chinamasa,  Businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei, Reserve Bank Governor John Mangudya, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Philip Valerio Sibanda and many others.

In case you have wondered why the government of Zimbabwe is holding desperate Galas to call for the lifting of suctions, do you think they care about the people of Zimbabwe? Greedy, selfish and corrupt as they are, they do not care about the plight of the masses and the failing economy but their pot bellies and families.

But the bomb has exploded too close to home for Mnangagwa and Chiwenga. The inclusion of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s business front man, Kudakwashe Tagwirei and State Security Minister, Owen Mudha Ncube, on the sanctions list has sent shock waves down the spines of Mnangagwa and Chiwenga. The corrupt politicians are scared that billions of looted cash stashed in foreign accounts might be frozen very soon.

Nicknamed Queen Bee, Kudakwashe Tagwirei is an all powerful and untouchable tenderpreneur who has achieved a one man state capture in Zimbabwe.

When his father, Phineas Tagwirei, died in 2018 government business came to a stand still as President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and all Ministers abandoned their duties to attend his funeral.

Is he a shrewd independent businesses man or Mnangagwa’s advisor as we are told? No! All that is a cover up. He is actually Emmerson Mnangagwa’s business front man.

He does not need to bid for a government tender but all lucrative government contracts are offered to him.

Remember Mnangagwa’s  Command Agriculture? This one was offered to Tagwirei through his company Sakunda holdings without going to tender. According to Auditor General, Mildred Chiri’s 2018 audit  report, US$3 billion went missing without trace.

ZUPCO Buses Scandal. Another of his many companies, Landela Investment (Pvt) Ltd imports buses from China to sell them to the government enterprise, ZUPCO at exorbitant prices making a profit of US$ 154 000 per bus.

He was also awarded the Dema Emergency Power Plant Project without going to tender. An experienced US company which had won the tender was corruptly elbowed out.

Oil scandal

In 2018 his company Sakunda Holdings issued US$22,17 million loan agreement to National Oil and Infrastructure Company (Noic) to buy out Lonmin’s 50% stake in the ownership of Feruka fuel pipeline. This corrupt deal left the parastatal  burdened with a huge debt.

As an attempt to cover up their corrupt union, Emmerson Mnangagwa and and his proxy, Kudakwashe Tagwirei go about buying expensive luxury cars for Ministers and donating Covid 19 equipment worth millions of dollars to hospitals in Zimbabwe.

Poor Zimbabweans are in the dark concerning the scandal. SADC has been deceived into issuing a solidarity statement  supporting the meaningless galas organised to denounce sanctions.

As MLO, we are happy that our President, Cde Paul Siwela said that “Zidera Act must remain in force until Zimbabwe does the following: 

1.0. Pay US$100billion Reparations for Matebele Genocide 1.1 grant Matabeleland independence to enable Matabeles to form The Republic of Matabeleland and enjoy the God right of self determination.

1.2 Pays full market value for seized farms to Title Deed owners or

1.3 Unconditionally return seized farms to Title Deed owners whichever happens first.

We are not only calling for Zidera Act to remain in full force, but for  harsher sanctions to be imposed on the corrupt government of Zimbabwe. We urge and implore the international community to freeze all offshore accounts belonging to  Emmerson  Mnangagwa, Constantino Chiwenga, Patrick Chinamasa, Winston Chitando, Sibusiso Moyo, Kudakwashe Tagwirei, John Magundya,Philiph  Valerio Sibanda,Owen Mudha Ncube including  their spouses, concubines and children’s accounts.

Two other issues that boggle the the mind are, why are these useless sanction galas held in the foreign countries particularly in South Africa and why the  country is being used as a launch pad for Zanupf factional battles and nefarious  political programs?

This  kind of behaviour is meant to mislead gullible South Africans to think its heroic and revolutionary to destroy their economy through corruption and taking productive and legally owned farms without compensation.

We throw some brotherly advise to the South Africans that while you need to address your noticeable desire to acquire land for equitable distribution to your people, please do not listen and draw any cue from the failed and disastrous Zimbabwe’ s double  foolish and misguided so called agrarian reform which  served the interest of ZANUPF officials and those hobnobbing with them.

It is a well known secret that the black apartheid ZANUPF government worked with the white apartheid South African government in the 1980s  to prevent or delay the independence of South Africa and collaborated with Jonas Savimbi to destabilise Angola.

Little wonder Robert Mugabe never set his foot in Angola until he died. Today they repackage themselves and make claims that they assisted South Africa. Where and How since ANC was banned in Zimbabwe and some of  its Mnkonto weSizwe cadres were brutally executed during Matebele genocide in 1981-87?

We advise Mnangagwa and his corrupt lot that no corruption nor any other scandal will escape our sharp eyes.  Matabeles are watching, so is the world and the Zimbabweans. No amount of singing dancing, gyrating and twerking in the spring sun in Harare and Pretoria  will cause the sanctions to go.

They will remain in place even when the MDC government takes over until the above conditions mentioned by MLO President Cde Paul Siwela are met.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”, once said the Nobel laureate, Desmond Tutu.

SADC is not even neutral but has gone in full force to support the genocidal, oppressive and very corrupt government of Zimbabwe, turning a blind eye on clear serious crimes against humanity, gross human rights abuse and corruption by the  government of Zimbabwe since 1980.

In the 1980s this govern deployed Zimbabwe National Army 5th Brigade in Matabeleland to commit genocide. Over 40 000 Matabele civilians including women and children were dastardly murdered in cold blood, more than 100 000 Matabele women were raped, over 100 000 Matabele homes burned down,  over 300 000 Matabeles maimed and over 1 million Matabeles displaced into neighbouring South Africa, Botswana and beyond. The remaining 4 million plus Matabeles are suffering tribal marginalisation economically, politically, educationally and socially.

Just because SADC and AU kept quiet the Shona supremacist government of Zimbabwe thought that abusing and murdering minorities was acceptable.

In year 2000 the white minority group was the target. Their land, cattle and properties were taken by force in a Zanupf chaotic land reform. Those who tried to resist were beaten up, tortured or even killed by Zanupf Youth League, War Vets and CIOs.

To date, it continues to unleash its security agents including army, police and CIO to murder, torture and abduct its opponents. The latest being two Matabeles who were shot and killed by the Zimbabwe army in Victoria Falls for speaking Ndebele language.

SADC should understand that the crisis in Zimbabwe will never come to an end as long the oppressive government is supported. The main cause of the crisis in Zimbabwe is Shona culture of stealing and corruption, and failure to manage the economy and politics by the Shona supremacist government not sanctions.

We had the Rhodesian government that did fairly well economically under heavy sactions during the war in the 70s. No economic development or improvement will happen in Zimbabwe as long there is political instability.

The international community assisted us materially and financially to bring down white oppressors. They went on to impose punitive sanctions on Rhodesian regime to force it to grant independence to majority blacks and we appreciated it.

There is no way we can turn around and say they are wrong today because they have imposed sanctions against the black oppressor which is the Shona supremacist government of Zimbabwe.

What is different here is only the colour of the oppressor but the effect is the same. In the case of Zimbabwe the black Shona supremacist oppressor is more cruel and corrupt than the white oppressor.

What we can ask from the international community is to impose harsher sanctions on Zimbabwe until it does the right thing.

To the Shona supremacist regime of Zimbabwe, we say the biggest mistake we can make is to follow the guide lines of the oppressor on how to liberate ourselves. We will never sit in the same corner with you and weep before the world looking for sympathy when we clearly know that the crisis in Zimbabwe is not caused by sanc tions but brazen thievery and corruption.

We demand Matabeleland independence and sovereignty now!
We demand US$ 100 billion Matabeleland genocide compensation now! Failure of which we are prepared to take up arms and fight for our independence.

Izenzo kungemazwi!

Israel Dube

MLO Secretary for Information and Public Affairs