On 23 March, Al Jazeera published its report saying that there are rival gangs — with many different characters.  From new-age pastors to old-school smugglers, and from diplomats to the Zimbabwean president’s niece.  Al Jazeera’s investigation has uncovered a band of criminals driving gold smuggling and money laundering worth billions of dollars in southern Africa.  It some of the key individuals running the mafia.  These include a gold smuggler from Kenya who has now moved his operations to Dubai and is smuggling gold from all over Africa, mostly from Zimbabwe, under cover of running a church.  Another is one of Zimbabwe’s most influential diplomats, a special envoy and ambassador-at-large to Europe and the Americas since 2021.  Another is a pastor in Angel’s Good News Church and a musician.  Another is a woman who is the president of Zimbabwe’s mining association and a niece of President Mnangagwa.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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