By Senior Reporter.
LONDON. (News of The South) – Top Zimbabwe businessman Philip Chiyangwa is free and hasn’t been arrested in this Operation Restore Legacy.
Interviewed on social media by Mutumwa Mawere, Chiyangwa told his followers on a social media programme now beamed on YouTube that support for Grace Mugabe’s bid for presidency was not a criminal offence.
The social media was awash with rumours and speculation that Chiyangwa had been arrested because he worked closely with former Finance Minister Ignatious Chombo.
The speculation that Chiyangwa had been arrested was going round the social media with attached list of his dozens of properties.
“It’s all lies, people must have a life, (apa havana cash) yet they’re broke”
said Chiyangwa. He also denied that he had tried to leave the country. A follower Michelle Chihuri accused Chiyangwa of double standards, before military takeover he was supporting Grace’s bid for presidency “Vanhu vese kuna amai!(Every one support Dr Amai)” he used to say. After the military seized power he tried to distance himself from Grace Mugabe. This is when the video of Chiyangwa campaigning for Grace Mugabe resurfaced.
Mutumwa said if someone is arrested they have no access to the phone. So Chiyangwa was free as a bird.
Mutumwa put it to Chiyangwa he denied being a Grace Mugabe fan after military takeover. Chiyangwa said that it was not a criminal offence to support Grace Mugabe.
He also denied his long list of properties accumulated through corruption including swindling City of Harare.
Chiyangwa denied that saying:
“I actually let land to City of Harare.”
Other accusations from followers included the issue of properties owned by AAG, questions about who was AAG and if was an artificial person.
Chiyangwa was also accused of being “made up” into a successful business man by Chombo, who he has worked closely with. Chombo who is under arrest.
He is accused of having too many properties in Harare exceeding the count after 27. “There are more properties than 27,” said a listening fan.
Interviewer Mutumwa Mawere said to Chiyangwa:
“You are a topical man you would win as president,”
Asked if Grace was a business woman of note Chiyangwa declined to answer.
But in a circulated video Chiyangwa says Grace Mugabe is a business woman of note.
He accused Voice of America of spreading fake news.
Some followers praised Chiyangwa for hard work. One follower said it’s important to have ethical millionaires not thieves.
Zimbabwe and international business man Strive Masiiwa was praised for being an ethical business man.
Chiyangwa said he had nothing to hide his list of properties had been exaggerated by his former wife. “It’s all private properties nothing to do with government,” he said.
Some accused him of acquiring the properties through corruption.
Another social media show was scheduled for Tuesday.
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