THERE was intense lobbying yesterday from members of the Zanu PF Women’s League and family members for the release of businesswoman and Telecel director Jane Mutasa who was arrested on Wednesday
on charges of externalising foreign currency.
The Zimbabwe Independent yesterday heard that family members and friends were pursuing a parallel process of appealing to the courts and seeking political intervention to secure the release of Mutasa who was remanded in custody on Wednesday to March 3. She is facing one count of externalising US$2 000. Her son Terrence was also remanded in custody to the same date on charges of externalising US$102 000 and R1,2 million.
Family members were yesterday planning to meet Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi, Zanu PF secretary for administration Emmerson Mnangagwa, the party’s information supremo Nathan Shamuyarira and Justice minister Patrick Chinamansa.
Mutasa and another Zanu PF stalwart, James Makamba who is also a director at Telecel, have been detained in terms of Section 32 of the newly promulgated Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Amendment of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act) regulations.
The new regulations allow detention of up to 21 days for persons charged with money laundering, forex externalisation and other crimes related to trade in grain, gold and other precious stones.
Meanwhile, Telecel general manager Anthony Carter yesterday said he had not been charged in connection with the forex externalisation saga.
“I cannot make a comment because the police are still in investigating,” said Carter. “As of today (yesterday) I have not been charged.”
Asked about his involvement as a signatory to the Telecel offshore FCAs Carter said: “Obviously, I signed the cheques with the authorisation from the board. All I can say is that there were no irregularities with any of our FCA accounts,” he said.