The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned individuals using President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name to extort and defraud money from members of the public and companies.
In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the police had received reports of individuals who are using the President’s name for criminal activities.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has received numerous reports of criminal acts being committed by suspects who are openly abusing His Excellency, President E. D. Mnangagwa and the First Family’s names in extortion, fraud, theft and other related criminal acts.
“The suspects are duping members of the public who include individuals, business people and companies on the pretext that they would have been tasked by the First Family or His Excellency, President E. D. Mnangagwa to fundraise or collect money for various activities which include dinner dances, workshops, land sales and other criminal activities.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police strongly warns these individuals or groups that the law will take its course without fear or favour.” said Ass. Comm. Nyathi
He said arrests have so far nabbed land barons in Harare and Banket and will release their names in due course.
“Arrests are being effected and these include some land barons in Harare, Banket and other towns who are openly abusing His Excellency, President E. D. Mnangagwa’s name for personal gain.
“Some criminals are extorting and confiscating property which includes vehicles, land and cash for personal aggrandisement while taking advantage of His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa’s name.
The Police will in due course release the names of suspects who have been arrested and some who are on the radar of investigations,” he said
Ass Comm Nyathi urged members of the public to report to the Police anyone who approaches and claims to be conducting personal or business activities on behalf of the First Family.