Businessman wants Chinamasa, Gono prosecuted in SA

A former manager with the South African-based Southern Asbestos Sales (SAS) wants former justice minister Patrick Chinamsa and former Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono prosecuted for corruption and perjury.


The two are alleged to have given false information to a South African court in a case where Shabanie Mashava Mines was suing to get its proceeds from SAS, which was contracted to sell asbestos on its behalf in South Africa.

Dr Cleopas Sanangura lodged a complaint with the South African police last month to have Gono and Chinamasa arrested.

SAS was ordered to pay the money it owed SMM indebtedness to Petter Trading, but Zimbabwean officials filed a court action to block the funds.Judge Nigel Willis ruled that SAS should pay SMM and thereafter SMM would settle its dues to Petter Trading.

But Sanangura says Chinamsa and Gono among others gave false information to the court and should be charged with perjury and corruption. He also wants the former administrator of SMM, Arafas Gwaradzimba.

Although Gono and Chinamsa could not be reached for comment Mutumwa Mawere, the rightful owner of SMM, confirmed that such a case was pending in South Africa. The government confiscated the company after Mawere was specified for allegedly externalising funds.

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