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Gold Mafia: CCC plans protests across Europe on Independence Day

The CCC European Union (EU) branch says Zimbabweans based in the EU will be demonstrating against the corruption and looting of natural resources exposed by Al Jazeera on 18 April when the nation commemorates 43 years of independence. The party said in a statement:

The Zimbabwean diasporans in the European Union region will be demonstrating against the corruption and looting of natural resources.

This action is especially against those exposed by the recently aired Gold Mafia documentary on Al Jazeera.

Please join us to call for and make a positive difference for Zimbabwe at demonstrations that will take place on the 18th of April outside the UAE, South African and Zimbabwean embassies in the following countries:

Republic of Cyprus
Czech Republic
“Gold Mafia” is a four-part documentary released by Al Jazeera to expose some Zimbabweans and their accomplices engaged in alleged gold smuggling and money laundering.

Uebert Angel, Henrietta Rushwaya, Ewan Macmillan and Kamlesh Pattni were featured in Episode One of the Gold Mafia documentary.

According to Al Jazeera, Kamlesh Pattni aka “Brother Paul” was born in Kenya and knows better than anyone how to smuggle gold worth millions of dollars — and get away with it.

He told undercover reporters that he could help them launder more than US$100 million, saying “I don’t know how you came to me, but I think God must have sent you.”

Angel was appointed a special envoy and ambassador-at-large to Europe and the Americas by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2021.

He offered to Al Jazeera’s undercover reporters that he could use his diplomatic cover to carry millions of dirty cash into Zimbabwe as part of a laundering operation also involving gold smuggling.

Rushwaya is the person whom Angel and his personal assistant Rikki Doolan get in touch with when they want to discuss buying gold for their laundering scam.

Macmillan aka Mr. Gold was first jailed for gold smuggling in the early 1990s when he was just 21 years old.

The the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) recently froze the assets of Chidodo, Chirozvi, Dube and Kunaka, for alleged involvement in gold smuggling, money laundering, bribery and other corrupt activities after they were exposed by Al Jazeera.

Chidodo is the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe Head of Security. He appeared in Episode 2 of the documentary explaining how he assists gold smugglers avoid detection at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Chirozvi is the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Aurex Jewellery Head of Finance.

Kunaka is the General Manager of Fidelity Printers and Refiners. He told the undercover reporters that he received a kickback of US$30 000 a month from the “Gold Mafia”.

Dube, who is associated with Golden Beryl Private Limited, was allegedly being paid US$3 000 per month by the gold smuggling syndicate.

In other news – Winky D missed out on all categories in the Star FM listeners choice awards

Zimbabwean artist, Winky D, has made a name for himself in the music industry with his unique sound and style. Despite his popularity, he recently missed out on an award at the Star FM Radio Awards, leaving his fans and supporters disappointed.

Born Wallace Chirimuko in 1983, Winky D began his music career in 2000, and has since released multiple albums, singles, and collaborations with other artists. His music blends elements of dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop, and has earned him a loyal following both in Zimbabwe and internationally.Learn More

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