Makamba’s fate uncertain


Staff Writer

THE fate of Zanu PF stalwart James Makamba who was arrested on Monday on charges of externalising forex remained unclear last night as neither the police nor his lawyer could shed light on h

is predicament.


The businessman who is a major shareholder in cellphone company Telecel was arrested on charges of “externalising foreign currency” and he has since then not appeared in court.


His lawyer, Thakor Kewada of Scanlen & Holderness, yesterday at first could not provide details of Makamba’s case. He could only say: “I have been in meetings all day, I think I can only make a statement tomorrow.”

When he was first arrested Makamba was taken to Goromonzi police station.


But late yesterday evening Kewada told the Independent that Makamba was at Harare Central. He would only say he was speaking to police there.

Police spokesman Assistant Commission Wayne Bvudzijena last night could also not shed light on Makamba.


“All I can say is that we are still carrying out our investigations and Mr Makamba is assisting us,” said Bvudzijena.


Asked whether Makamba was in police custody or not, Bvudzijena said: “I do not have that information.”


Makamba, a former MP, is the second high-profile business and political figure to be arrested following a policy decision by new Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono to rid the financial sector of corruption and stem the decline of the dollar.


Chinhoyi legislator and businessman Philip Chiyangwa has been drawn into the US$66 million ENG Capital Asset Management scandal after allegedly attempting to obstruct the course of justice by withholding evidence.

President Robert Mugabe warned Makamba last month after he built a supermarket on a farm in the Mazowe area without a council permit and other relevant papers that he should follow procedures.