Photo by Khuluma Afrika
Investigations into illicit and illegal activities led and directed by Zimbabwe’s former first lady, Grace Mugabe have intensified with the government reportedly preparing to make an official announcement soon regarding her involvement in ivory poaching.
Mugabe is the subject of a forensic audit by the ruling Zanu PFs women’s league over “hundreds of millions” as well as intense investigations regarding attribution of assets and cash, involvement in setting up parallel money markets, and the illegal export of precious minerals.
Khuluma Afrika reported that ivory poaching is included as well after preliminary investigations revealed that Mugabe and her associates were involved in the poaching of elephant tusks and rhino horns.
According to the media outlet, documents exist that implicate Mugabe and her associates, including a Chinese associate, are a part of a ring of organized crime which is responsible for the poisoning of hundreds of elephants in Zimbabwe.
Several tusks are also said to have disappeared from the ivory stockpiles, while some ivory was carved at factories in Harare before export permits were forged.
Fortunately, the new government in Zimbabwe has taken a no-nonsense approach to conservation making it a priority.
“We should make a pronouncement very soon,” Special Advisor to the President, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa told Khuluma Afrika. “We are not allowing anyone to get away with the proliferation of our wildlife resources. Any person despite whom they are married to will be arrested.”
Mutsvangwa confirmed that a special task force was working with local and international law enforcement agencies to investigate and bring the criminals implicated in the syndicate to justice.
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