According to The Independent newspaper, police are probing allegations that Tsvangirai misappropriated the funds, which were dispersed to him by the Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, with permission from Robert Mugabe.
The police refused comment to the paper but did not deny the investigations either. However, The Independent said they had “unassailable proof that they were doing it”. Gideon Gono, who initially cooperated, has now reportedly refused to testify against Tsvangirai.
Last week the Prime Minister dismissed the allegations, saying the money was a loan and investigations by the police are a “wild goose chase”. Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, told SW Radio Africa on Friday the case does not exist and the probe is “pure political malice”.
“The prime minister’s conscience is very clear. If there is anyone prepared to arrest him and they have a solid case, he is prepared to be arrested,” Tamborinyoka said. He added that no-one has interviewed Tsvangirai over the case and the docket cannot be complete without talking to the alleged culprit.
According to The Independent, the investigation is being headed by Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri, with chief superintendent Alison Nyamupaguma from the Criminal Investigations Department acting as the investigations officer.
The report said Chihuri has been personally writing letters requesting information on the Tsvangirai loan. “On July 14 last year, he wrote to Gono asking him for his cooperation,” said the report.
In addition, the paper claims that houses approved by Mugabe under the same scheme are also being built for Vice-Presidents John Nkomo and Joice Mujuru and Deputy Prime Ministers Arthur Mutambara and Thokozani Khupe.
Surprisingly, Mugabe supported the PM when reports of the investigations continued last week, warning the police “not to just rush to make up things against the prime minister”.
The Independent said despite the warning, the paper “gathered this week that police are carrying on with the probe, showing their determination to defy Mugabe and nail Tsvangirai.” SW Radio AfricaPost published in: News