By Staff Reporter
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa says the government has directed relevant departments to investigate allegations raised in the Al Jazeera documentary on money laundering and gold smuggling.
According to Mutsvangwa, those found to have violated the law will face prosecution, marking the first time that the government has made an official statement regarding the documentary.
“Government takes note of a documentary titles “Gold Mafia”, currently being serialised by an international broadcasting channel which purports to expose a network on alleged money laundering and gold smuggling in Zimbabwe, Government takes the allegation 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 re-affirm 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 feature 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.” said Mutsvangwa
The documentary, aired on Al Jazeera on sparked outrage with Government critics accusing those in authority of protecting alleged gold smugglers.