Zanu-PF official Tendai Chirau

Govt, Zanu-PF respond to Kuda Tagwirei corruption report

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government has rubbished a report by a Washington-based policy and research organization which painted businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei as a corrupt beneficiary of State-funded business deals.

Tagwirei owns dozens of companies spanning across key economic sectors such as banking, agribusiness, logistics, platinum mining, gold mining, petroleum, among others. He was slapped with US sanctions last year and was last week exposed as corrupt by The Sentry, a US-based organization.

The Sentry published a report, “Shadows and Shell Games: Uncovering an Offshore Business Empire in Zimbabwe,” revealing alleged corruptive business practices of Kuda Tagwirei. However, since the publication of the report by The Sentry, both Government and the ruling Zanu-PF party had remained mum on the issue.

Opposition MDC Alliance complained about the lack of comment by the Government and Zanu-PF, saying it was concerned that neither the anti-corruption agency ZACC nor Zanu-PF had responded to the report.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said Friday that Government would not respond to propaganda.

“Nothing will be said (about The Sentry report). We don’t help give legs to your propaganda anymore than you do to our TRUTH!” he said.

Zanu-PF deputy secretary for the Youth League, Tendai Chirau, also labelled the report a “heap of rubbish” adding that if anything, Tagwirei was a successful indigenous businessman.

“Why would one respond to a politically sponsored project meant to tarnish a successful indigenous business man? We need to have more sucessful business people. The said report is a heap of rubbish and nonsense,” Chirau said.

Last week, lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa wrote to ZACC demanding that it acts upon the report and use its constitutional powers to cause police to investigate the allegations raised in The Sentry report.

ZACC is yet to respond. □

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