The Zimbabwean political arena has been rocked by explosive allegations of diamond and ivory smuggling against former first lady Grace Mugabe. However, the plot thickened when the key accuser, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe security manager Cleopas Chidodo, made a shocking U-turn on his claims in the Aljazeera documentary “Gold Mafia.” Chidodo now claims that he was drugged and coerced into making false statements against Mugabe.
In a recorded video statement, Chidodo publicly retracted his accusations against the former first lady and her family.
He added that he cannot remember some of the allegations he made, and indicated that most of it was untrue.
Zimbabwe’s central bank has since frozen the assets of individuals who appeared in the “Gold Mafia” documentary, including Chidodo, David Chirozvi, Mehlululi Dube, Uebert Angel, and Fredrick Kunaka.
As the fallout from this scandal continues, many will be watching closely to see what further action the Zimbabwean government will take in response to the allegations raised in the documentary. The truth behind the claims and counter-claims is yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure: this is a story that is far from over.