President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on people who illegally externalised money to return the money within three months. Mnangagwa has said that there will be a three month period in which people can return the funds without any fear of prosecution. However, after the three month period elapses, the authorities will start making arrests. Mnangagwa said this in a statement which was released earlier on today:
GRANTING OF A THREE-MONTH AMNESTY FOR THE RETURN OF ILLEGALLY EXTERNALISED FUNDS AND ASSETS
Activities linked to Operation Restore Legacy have, among other issues, helped to uncover cases where huge turns of money and other assets were illegally externalised by certain individuals and corporates. Needless to say, such malpractices constitute a very serious economic crime against the People of Zimbabwe which the Government of Zimbabwe will never condone.
As a first step towards the recovery of the illegally externalised funds and assets, the Government of Zimbabwe is gazetting a three-month moratorium within which those involved in the malpractice can bring back the funds and assets, with no questions being asked or charges preferred against them. The period of this amnesty stretches from 1 December 2017, to the end of February 2018. Affected persons who wish to comply with this directive should liaise with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for necessary facilitation and accounting.
Upon the expiry of the three-month window, Government will proceed to effect arrest of all those who would not have complied with this directive, and will ensure that they arc prosecuted in terms of the country, laws. Those affected are thus encouraged to take advantage of the three-month moratorium to return the illegally externalised funds and assets in order to avoid the pain and ignominy of being visited by the long arm of the law.
President of Zimbabwe
28 November 2017
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