More trouble for Chiyangwa

Gift Phiri


DEPOSED Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairman Phillip Chiyangwa — expected to appear in court today for his routine remand hearing on espionage charges — could find himsel

f in further trouble amid reports this week that he could be slapped with a further charge of externalising US$200 000 between 2001 and last year.


The Zimbabwe Independent heard yesterday that police in Harare were preparing a docket on the fresh charges.


Chiyangwa’s new charges follow the publication of a story in the Independent two weeks ago revealing that the embattled entrepreneur moved US$200 000 out of the country on the pretext that he wanted to invest in Namibia. However, nothing came of the supposed investment, it was revealed, as Chiyangwa
reportedly withdrew the money which had been deposited in a Namibian bank.


The Independent this week heard that the police’s Serious Commercial Crimes Unit had prepared a docket on charges of externalisation and they were rushing to complete investigations into the case before Chiyangwa’s trial for espionage opens.


The Independent was told that police were planning to go to Namibia to interview a number of people who handled the transactions. Sources said there was a possibility that the police would seek assistance from their Namibian counterparts.


“The police would like to charge Chiyangwa while he is still inside,” a source said this week


The ostentatious Zanu PF tycoon is in remand prison awaiting a High Court judgement on his bail application. Chiyangwa, who faces up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted of breaching the Official Secrets Act, is expected to appear at the magistrates’ courts today for a routine remand appearance.


Zimbabwe’s ambassador-designate to Mozambique, Godfrey Dzvairo, banker Tendai Matambanadzo and Zanu PF external affairs director Itai Marchi, who were facing similar charges, were on Tuesday jailed for a maximum of six years each.