Harare – Fugitive Former Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo, and former Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere who are wanted by law enforcement authorities in Zimbabwe have had international arrest warrant issued against them Khuluma Afrika has been told.
The two fugitive ministers, and another colleague, Paddy Zhanda, skipped the country at the height of a military intervention which targeted ‘criminals around the President’.
The three are thought to be hiding out in Nairobi, Kenya, the home country of Moyo’s wife.
Khuluma Afrika was told by well placed sources that the three are wanted with regards to illegal externalisation of foreign currency and assets amounting nearly $1.78 billion USD, and a number of other crimes.
Earlier this month, government froze bank accounts belonging to Moyo and Kasukuwere pending investigations in their business activities. Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu confirmed the freezing of the accounts, but directed any further questions to the Reserve Bank.
The central bank wrote to all financial institutions instructing them to identify any accounts belonging or linked to Moyo and Kasukuwere until further notice.
Police spokesperson, Charity Charamba was not available for comment, but other polices sources confirmed that the Zimbabwe Republic Police had approached the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) seeking assistance.
Khuluma Afrika was not able to confirm with Interpol what kind of assistance they would render, but understands that the organisation has issued / activated an Interpol Red Notice.
An Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today. Interpol circulates notices to member countries listing persons who are wanted for extradition.
The names of persons listed in the notices are placed on lookout lists (e.g., NCIC or its foreign counterpart). When a person whose name is listed comes to the attention of the police abroad, the country that sought the listing is notified through Interpol and can request either his provisional arrest (if there is urgency) or can file a formal request for extradition.
The most immediate implication would be that if the trio attempted to travel by air to any country they would be arrested for extradition.