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Mnangagwa's former top aide bankrolled Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter
10 Mar 2020 at 14:33hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa's former top aide Douglas Tapfuma has revealed how the State Residences department funded the Zanu-PF 2018 election campaign.

Tapfuma, who is accused of evading payment of car import duty using the State Residences department's name, told a Harare court that his prosecution was triggered by detractors in Mnangagwa's office.

He claimed several Zanu-PF stalwarts used the same modus operandi to import vehicles.
He claimed two senior party officials (names supplied) had cars imported using the State Residences department to facilitate their election campaign.

Tapfuma told magistrate Esthere Chivasa that the personal cars he imported, including a Honda Fit, Toyota Alteza and Nissan Tiida, were approved at State Residences because he intended to push Zanu-PF's agenda in First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa's constituency.

"This was a facility we had at State House and I could have actually imported bigger cars, but we did not have enough resources.

"I wanted to make sure I cover enough ground with the cars that I imported," Tapfuma said.

"Several vehicles were bought through this process, but I will not name the individuals who benefited except for (name supplied) because his case has already been mentioned before this court.

"Even organisations benefited as long as it was for the purpose of creating goodwill for the president," Tapfuma averred.

The court heard that the cars imported by Tapfuma were cleared using a code reserved for Mnangagwa only.
Tapfuma said the then chief accounting officer in Mnangagwa's office, Ray Ndhlukula, was aware of the importations but had testified to the contrary because there was bad blood between them.

Ndhlukula told the court that he was not aware when Tapfuma made requests for duty free certificates that he was purchasing personal cars.

"Ndhlukula did not like my principal and naturally did not like me. He was not happy with our coming because he wanted to second his own staff," added Tapfuma.

"During orientation he told us that since we had been brought in by the president our jobs were attached to him and that our jobs would also end the day Mnangagwa would leave his office," Tapfuma claimed.

Tapfuma closed his defence case before his lawyer Jonathan Samukange and prosecutor Clement Chimbare made undertakings to submit closing submissions before Chivasa delivers judgment on March 26.

The State's allegations are that Tapfuma purchased two personal minibuses from South Africa under the guise of government on April 10, 2018.

On April 17, he allegedly assigned Bonani Ganyane, an officer in the transport section at State Residences, to go to Beitbridge and facilitate the clearance of the two vehicles, misrepresenting that they were government vehicles.
Ganyane allegedly travelled to Beitbridge and after clearing the vehicles, he was instructed to hand them over to

Vongai Mupereri, the legislator for Mbizo Constituency.

Source - dailynews