By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Centre for Natural Resources Governance (CNRG) has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to investigate business mogul Kudakwashe Tagwirei’s operations.
This comes after American organisation, The Sentry, recently published a report allegedly exposing Tagwirei’s illicit activities in the country.
In a statement issued Monday, the civic society organisation, ordered Mnangagwa to step in and deal with cartels.
“President Mnangagwa must declare his position on reports of cartels within and around his government, which are blamed for undermining the economic interests of Zimbabwe.”
CNRG added that the Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Parliament should assist in investigating Tagwirei’s illegal activities.
“The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission must investigate all deals involving Kudakwashe Tagwirei and his companies.
“Also the Parliament of Zimbabwe must play its oversight role by investigating and holding the executive accountable to its relationship with Tagwirei and several other cartels cited in both the Daily Maverick and Sentry reports,” reads the statement.
Meanwhile, in The Sentry’s report titled ‘Shadows and Shell Games-Uncovering an Offshore Business in Zimbabwe’ the 52-year-old business guru is implicated in numerous dirty scandals.
The report also alleged that the Sakunda Holdings owner was behind a number of criminal syndicates which include money laundering and looting of precious minerals in Zimbabwe.
Moreover, according to the report, Tagwirei assumed to be Mnangagwa’s relative, is believed to have acquired 100% of mines formerly owned by the parastatal Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) since ED ascended to power in 2018.
Some the mines he has purchased include Jena Mines, Elvington Mine, Sabi Mine, Golden Kopje, and Sandawana.