South African politician, EFF leader Julius Malema has savaged the First Family of Zimbabwe after Collins, the son of President Mnangagwa was fingered in dodgy Covid-19 contracts amounting to billions of rands.
Malema made his opinion heard through a tweet, “We applaud the fight against corruption and looting of public funds going on in Zimbabwe. It is cruel and evil for anyone regardless of who they are to steal money meant to help citizens fight Covid-19. There is nothing revolutionary or patriotic about thieving. Pasi neMbavha!”
Reports indicate that Mnangagwa’s son Collins sold masks at an inflated price of USD 28 or R500 per item to the Zimbabwe government through a UAE based shelve company Drax International. The dodgy company, that has since lost all contracts in Zimbabwe was awarded a contract with a total of USD 40 million (R900m) in 2019 and USD 60 million (R1,08 billion) in 2020.
The cancellation of the contracts only came after the public outcry over the pricing of its supplies and its link to President Mnangagwa who is known in the country as ED. The Zanu PF ruling party called a press conference to threaten a local journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who as been at the forefront of the fight against the looting of funds under the guise of Covid-19 emergency procurement. The party blamed inflation for the price shock.
A nephew of the President, who has a Namibian based shelve company was also awarded a tender to supply Covid-19 equipment. The test kits were sold to the government a USD 66,000 (R1,2 million) after being imported from China for USD300 (R5,400), according to a prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono. The Namibian, a newspaper in Namibia reports the owner of Jaji Investments Prince Mushaninga is related to the President of Zimbabwe and his company was handpicked ahead of others. The company has also not been paying tax in under the pretext that they operate in Namibia and supply their products in Zimbabwe.