Ambassador at Large Uebert Angel’s days are numbered as Zimbabwe’s Government has initiated an investigation into alleged gold smuggling and money laundering activities involving him and several other individuals.
These allegations were brought to light in a groundbreaking documentary titled Gold Mafia by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, which exposed the dark world of gold smuggling and money laundering in Zimbabwe.
The government said it has instructed relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to establish whether Angel and others participated in the smuggling of gold or laundering of money.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the government said If found guilty of participating in these illegal activities, Angel and his associates, who are believed to be part of a larger gold mafia network, will face the full force of the law.
The government also condemned the use of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name by certain individuals in the documentary to gain credibility.
Government Speaks On Gold Mafia Documentary
Below is the official statement issued by the government regarding this matter:
Government takes note of a documentary titled “Gold Mafia”, currently being serialised by an international broadcasting channel which purports to expose a network of alleged money laundering and gold smuggling in Zimbabwe.
Government takes the allegations raised in the documentary seriously and has directed relevant organs to institute investigations into the issues raised therein. Any person found to have engaged in acts of corruption, fraud or any form of crime, will face the full wrath of the law.
Government takes this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to upholding local and international laws, including laws relating to financial transactions, the trade of gold and other precious minerals.
Boastful behaviour and name-dropping by some personalities featured in the documentary, seeking personal gain and glory, should never be taken as an enunciation of Government Policy.
Government remains seized with the matter and the nation will be kept apprised of any new developments.