Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Zimbabwe 'illegal gold sale bid'

If they don't have food , let them eat cake?

While millions in Zimbabwe s
tarve, the ruling elite are on their never ending plunder pilgrimage.

Well now we will wait with baited breath for the ANC to criticize this regime.

Zimbabwe's Vice-President Joyce Mujuru tried to fund
a multi-million dollar gold deal in defiance of international sanctions, the BBC has learned.

The deal allegedly involved selling Congolese gold in Europe. There has been no comment from Mrs Mujuru, who was appointed five years ago by President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe's first female vice-president.

She is one of about 200 Zimbabweans the EU has hit with sanctions, accusing them of human rights abuses. A company with offices in Europe, Firstar, says Mrs Mujuru's daughter, Nyasha del Campo, offered to sell more than three-and-a-half tonnes of gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Mujuru couple Ms del Campo declined to comment on the allegations and says she is consulting her lawyers.

Copies of e-mails seen by the BBC suggest the Zimbabwean vice-president was to pay the transport costs of delivering the gold to a refinery in Zurich. Mrs Mujuru was central to the deal, says Felix Eimer of Firstar.

"The contact is from her to the gold mine. Nyasha was just the person that was co-ordinating the things for third parties," he said.

"The person behind the deal and the person that organised the funding for the deal that was necessary to complete it and to enter the deal was her mother." Firstar says it withdrew when it realised who she was.

The company says Mrs Mujuru then phoned its chief executive i
n Europe demanding the decision be reversed. The BBC has been unable to contact Mrs Mujuru.

She and her husband, Solomon, a former head of the national army, are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Zimbabwe, with extensive mining interests.

Profile: The Mujuru couple

Zimbabwe elite seeks to evade sanctions

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Dear Editor
I am daily reader of your Blog however this story is the biggest load of kak the BBC together with Udo Berndt Haggemann, the old goat that claims to be the Vice President of Firstar Europe concocted. This is a frivolous publicity stunt of Hagemann, Firstar and the BBC.
Just shows you that you should never trust the BBC.
I totally despise Mugabe and all his cronies.
How do I know that?
Because I was the Principal of that specific transaction with Firstar.
How do I get in contact with the author of this Post?

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon.
As you can see , I have merely copied this from the BBC site. I am sure everyone would love to hear your version of this story.

Anonymous said...

She certainly dont look like shes starving.