Chinamasa urges MDC to freeze funds(14-12-06)

HARARE - The British government and its “MDC puppets” can go ahead and freeze or repatriate Pre

sident Robert Mugabe’s assets and those of his “henchmen” if they find them, said justice minister Patrick Chinamasa this week.

He urged the opposition to act, and not just talk of freezing the assets they allege are owned by Mugabe and senior government officials.

Chinamasa was responding to the details of a secret MDC document stating that the opposition party would repatriate cash held offshore by President Mugabe and his cronies when it came to power.

“The sort of talk from the opposition is very reckless and careless,” Chinamasa said. “It assumes we have assets all over. Please let them go ahead. Why do they have to talk of intentions?”

The MDC document, the details of which were first published in this newspaper last month, states that there have been huge capital outflows from top Zanu (PF) officials to tax havens abroad, and that it would seek legal help to recover illicit funds stashed abroad. – Own correspondent

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