Zim's security agents corrupt: Kereke

HARARE - Munyaradzi Kereke, the controversial former advisor to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono, has made astonishing claims that the country’s security agents looted from the central bank.

In an October 08 letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Kereke - who has been on a warpath against anyone he deems hostile to his interests - accused some unnamed state security agents of conniving with Gono in alleged corrupt activities.

The dispatch, which is one in a series dating back to February 28 this year, also says President Robert Mugabe’s spooks are guilty of concealing Gono’s alleged financial indiscretions from which they had also benefitted from.

“…all these cases were fully documented and handed over long back to state security, by the writer of this letter given the sensitivity of… Gono’s portfolio, but (they) instead acted in direct contravention of their own mandate and tipped Dr Gono who then summarily locked me out of the Reserve Bank… as a way of masking these multiple crimes,” reads the document allegedly authored by the Rock Foundation Medical Centre (RMC) founder to commission chairperson Denford Chirindo.

“Some members of state security are also heavily involved in the corrupt activities… Gono did and l stand ready to constructively work with the commission in bringing them to account,” Kereke said.

The explosive missive also claims that Gono’s alleged corruption ran into Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti’s offices over the former’s $2,5 million Highlands house.

Kereke has also accused Biti of misappropriating funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Against the background of these scurrilous allegations – first surfacing in February this year – Gono has slapped his once trusted lieutenant and ex-right hand man with a $25 million defamation lawsuit.

Apart from railing at state security agents, including the CIO, Augustine Chihuri and Constantine Chiwenga’s men, Kereke even accuses the ACC of being compromised by Gono through a variety of gifts and other trinkets.

Kereke claims his family has not only been abducted, but his detractors want to “disable him financially and even in the bedroom” through fetishes, and other evil schemes, the latest dispatch says.

And as the troubled businessman lurches from one ludicrous claim to another, he has sought to flesh out his allegations against Gono by claiming the Central Bank boss stole $5 million worth of RBZ bullion under a dodgy Middle Eastern deal, $10 million worth of fuel and shares, and $15 million for his Borrowdale mansion.

He claims his ex-boss had improperly accessed $40 million worth of loans from several Zimbabwean banks – even though his businesses are also borrowed from the same institutions.

This, Kereke said, had not only impaired the financial sector’s performance – leading to several banks’ closure – but also affected the RBZ’s supervisory capabilities.

While claiming that he did not take “not even a wheelbarrow” from the RBZ, Kereke says his former boss helped himself to two mega combine harvesters, four planters, an equal number of boom sprayers and four seed drills, 12 Tractors and imported his New Donnington Farm silos using exporters' surrender funds. Gono has in the past publicly said he did not benefit from the mechanisation.

While he has disingenuously claimed the RBZ chief was trying to drill state security agents into believing that Kereke’s squeals and actions were a threat to national security, the RMC founder was named by WikiLeaks as the one who passed sensitive government information to foreign diplomats.

In particular, the American embassy in Harare’s dispatches provided a patchwork of evidence into the former Stanbic Bank senior staffer's surreptitious meetings with embassy staff at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic troubles.

According to the cables, Kereke recited Gono's meetings with Mugabe to United States envoys, including the RBZ hierarch's visit to military installations.

He even allegedly told his American handler to exercise “caution” when contacting him.

“The fair, balanced and professional hand of the commission is also called upon to act objectively given that some members of the old anti-corruption commission who remain part of the present team were heavily involved in corrupt activities with… Gono,” Kereke says in the letter.

For a man allegedly fighting even more damaging social allegations of raping a 13 year-old minor in 2009, the intemperate young businessman has escalated his warpath against perceived enemies.

On Monday, he caused the arrest of Daily News editor Stanley Gama and his deputy Chris Goko for publishing a story that his family’s alleged disappearance was a hoax. - Gift Phiri

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