Mugabe’s relative in smuggling scam

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) deputy commissioner-general Innocent Matibiri has been implicated in a syndicate allegedly smuggling cigarettes into South Africa.

Regional political think-tank Southern Africa Report (SAR) said Matibiri, who is President Robert Mugabe’s cousin, has been cited as one of the masterminds behind syndicates allegedly smuggling Zimbabwean cigarettes to South Africa.

“Matibiri has been linked by Zimbabwe Revenue Authority customs officials to a smuggling operation illegally exporting cigarettes into South Africa,” said an SAR official.

It is believed Matibiri worked with senior ZIMRA and ZRP officials at Beitbridge border post to smuggle the Zimbabwean-made cigarettes which sell like wildfire in South Africa.

Matibiri, who was promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner-general a few years ago, is expected to take over from police chief Augustine Chihuri when he retires.

Post published in: Zimbabwe News

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