PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga or their allies and relatives allegedly received US$3 million from a controversial South African businessman, Zunaid Moti at the height of the 2017 coup that toppled the late Robert Mugabe.
Moti has extensive business interests in Zimbabwe and was awarded controversial contracts towards the end of Mugabe’s reign. The saga has also sucked in a Supreme Court justice, who was allegedly paid to sanitise the 2017 coup that brought Mnangagwa to power.
The information is contained in a collection of confidential papers obtained by The Sentry — a United States-based investigative and policy organisation known for investigating how resources firms and predatory organisations siphon wealth out of poor countries.
It said the trove of documents in its possession show that Moti, the founder of African Chrome Fields (ACF), could have moved up to US$130 million into the accounts of 28 companies and four individuals in Zimbabwe from 2017.
Some of the transactions took place while the November 2017 coup was in progress, raising suspicions that he may have helped fund the insurrection to gain favours from the would-be new rulers of the country.
The Sentry claimed that records of some of the firms that received funds from Moti’s Spincash Investments and ACF were now missing from the companies registry in Harare.
Our sister paper, the Zimbabwe Independent, has previously reported that hundreds of corporate documents belonging to the Moti Group were allegedly taken by a South African executive, Clinton van Niekerk, sparking legal battles for their return in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.
There were fears that the documents had been delivered to The Sentry.