Exiled Former Police Chief Augustine Chihuri is suspected to have diverted public funds amounting to $32 Million to private family companies, The Herald reports. Chihuri reportedly bought a large sum of properties with some of the diverted funds and the state is demanding that his assets be frozen till the final outcome of a possible civil and criminal lawsuit is ascertained.
According to the publication:
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In an affidavit deposed by Mr Hodzi, Chihuri is under investigation for criminal abuse of office, money laundering, theft and fraud. He accuses Chihuri of establishing a “syndicated criminal mafia” meant to siphon public funds for his personal benefit and that of his cronies. This would have entailed externalisation of money and money laundering abroad, he said.
Chihuri is said to have established companies together with his family members for the purpose of siphoning money from the ZRP CBZ Bank account. Chihuri was the police chief for 25 years before he went into exile after the November 2017 Coup.
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