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Mnangagwa must declare his wealth first

A United Nations report on the plunder of resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo named Mnangagwa as having been at the centre of that country’s resource plunder during the second Congo War when the Zimbabwe National Army went to defend Laurent Kabila’s rule.

A United States diplomatic WikiLeaks cable of 2008 claimed that Mnangagwa had amassed extraordinary wealth at the time.

According to the same UN report‚ the command element of the Zimbabwe National Army‚ which helped him to power‚ had investments in the DRC’s mining sector through two holding companies‚ Tremalt and Oryx Natural Resources.

Politicians in Zimbabwe have a tradition of keeping their wealth a secret.

However‚ through divorce cases some have had their riches exposed. One‚ former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, was revealed in court papers as owning 15 luxury cars and more than 20 houses in prime areas.

Opposition parliamentarians last week raised questions about how Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu had obtained his wealth.

Mpofu allegedly owns a huge chunk of properties in Zimbabwe’s prime resort area‚ Victoria Falls.

Former first lady Grace Mugabe has‚ for some‚ been the poster girl of looting.

A 2016 Range Rover Autobiography worth about R4-million‚ a South African-registered 911 Porsche Carrera and a Rolls Royce Wraith‚ which were accompanied by a written affidavit from Grace‚ caused a spectacle while travelling to South Africa last week.

She also bought two properties in South Africa‚ one of them a mansion in Sandhurst that is worth a reported R45-million. – TimesLIVE

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