Zimbabwe corruption whistle blower demands $30b
He claims the RBZ
has been withholding his bounty after he helped the police to nab high
The elderly man, whom the Zimbabwe Independent cannot name, said he had to leave South Africa where he was based to avoid harm following his disclosures. He worked for one of the accused, Cecil Muderede, at a transport company called Nemini in South Africa between April last year and February this year. He also worked for Africa Resources Ltd's transport division, Petter International, as a senior manager until October 2001.
Yesterday RBZ governor
Gideon Gono's spokesman Fortune Chasi confirmed the central bank had
indeed received information from the whistle blower.
He said the RBZ would pay the whistle blower as soon as the cases in the courts were finalised.
"We are as anxious to get to the finality of the matters as he (the whistle blower) wants to get payment," he said. "We however request him to be patient with us until the cases have been finalised," he said.
Senior RBZ officials this week said the man had an "arsenal of information" which he passed on to the police, the Central Intelligence Organisation and the central bank.
"Most of the information he gave us was credible," a senior RBZ official said. "The RBZ has a mandate to help police to verify and cross-check such information. We found the information to be useful."
The man, who is now in the United Kingdom, claims to have blown the whistle on businessman and Zanu PF Central Committee member James Makamba and his cellphone company Telecel.
Makamba is currently in remand prison on charges of externalising US$133 000, £225 650 and 52 956 euros.
The informer said he was also the whistle blower in the Mutumwa Mawere case resulting in attempts to extradite the businessman from South Africa on charges of externalising $300 billion.
He blew the whistle
on Muderede, who is being jointly charged with Irvin Mereki and Terrence
Mutasa for externalising more than US$1,3 million and R700 000.
In his monetary
policy statement on December 18 last year, Gono announced the setting
up of a whistle blower's fund from which informers with credible information
would get 10% of the amount recovered by the state in commercial crime
He claims to have
been booked into Meikles Hotel. He said Gono's personal driver picked
him up from the hotel the next day for a meeting with the governor.
He returned to Zimbabwe
on February 12 and met Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri and State
Security minister Nicholas Goche. The meetings, he said, resulted in
the dispatch of a team of police officers to South Africa.
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