Drax Consult SAGL believes that International Police Organisation (Interpol) Harare could have misinformed their counterparts in Budapest on the deal involving Drax and the Government.
This comes as Drax’s US$2 million paid by Zimbabwe for the supply of medicines and medical sundries to the National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) is still frozen in the company’s bank account in Hungary.
The funds were red-flagged by banks involved in the relevant financial integration system chain for suspected money laundering.
Resultantly, Drax, through its lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, wrote to Interpol Budapest explaining the deal and urging Interpol to engage State institutions to ascertain the facts around the Drax/Natpharm transaction.
He requested Interpol Hungary to engage the Attorney-General’s office, the Commissioner-General of Police, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet to gather the relevant information on the deal.
Rubaya said Drax was suspicious of any information that Interpol Hungary could have received from some elements in the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Drax thought the reply might have mentioned the arrest of Delish Nguwaya, who is the Zimbabwean country representative of Drax.
Nguwaya was arrested in June 2020 and appeared before the courts charged with fraud. However, these allegations have since been dismissed by the courts. Said Rubaya:
It is our client’s considered view that your counterparts at Interpol Harare ought to have categorically stated that these are not illicit funds and you had no reason to hold on to the funds but to release same to the appointed Drax representative.
The fact that Interpol Harare has somehow prevaricated on availing what exactly it communicated to you might mean that it gave a negative report concerning the funds.
If indeed there has been a negative report concerning the funds from Interpol Harare, our client challenges that and seeks to be given the opportunity to set the record straight.
Rubaya also noted miscommunication and misinformation antics are designed to portray Drax and probably the current Government of Zimbabwe led by President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa in bad light.
Investigative journalists exposed how Drax had unprocedurally won contracts to deliver medical supplies to NatPharm resulting in the arrest of Nguwaya, some NatPharm senior officials and then Health minister Obediah Moyo.
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