Sakunda Holdings owner Kudakwashe Tagriwrei is reported to have bought luxury cars worth millions of dollars for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi as well as for their wives and other top government officials. The cars did not pay any duty as they were said to be part of the Command Agriculture Program. NewsDay reports that Tagwirei also imported three luxury cars for himself which were also exempted from paying duty.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba refused to comment on the matter and referred all questions to Agriculture Minister retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, who is alleged to be one of the beneficiaries. Shiri confirmed that the government received the luxury cars but denied reports that some of the cars were allocated to Mnangagwa and his deputies. Said Shiri,
The vehicles are for Command Agriculture. I have the register of all the vehicles under the Command Agriculture scheme. You can come to my office and I will show you…About those you say were given to the President and others, I don’t know. It’s not true.
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Other people named as beneficiaries include Chief Secretary to President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda and Deputy Chief Secretary Justin Mupamhanga. Special advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Christopher Mutsvangwa has alleged that Tagwirei is blocking all efforts to ease the country’s fuel problems by building a second pipeline from Beira. According to Mutsvangwa, Tagwirei has a virtual monopoly on the fuel industry and is the only person “eating” for everyone.