Former United States congressman Mel Reynolds, who had connections with top government serves in President Robert Mugabe’s administration, was indicted by an elected judge on wrongdoing allegations that he neglected to document wage assessment forms for a long time regardless of gaining a huge number of dollars of wage, a portion of the cash from Harare.
Reynolds went to Zimbabwe in 2014 and was purportedly feted by government authorities, for example, Home Affairs serve Ignatius Chombo and his Tourism partner, Walter Mzembi.
Assistant US Attorney Georgia Alexakis said Reynolds made $52 600 from Wilson and $371 000 from Chicago developer Elzie Higginbottom as he tried to arrange business deals for them involving medical supplies in Zimbabwe.
He dragged Mugabe’s name into his trial, claiming Higginbottom had paid the Zimbabwean leader $100 000 in bribe money to get business favours, an allegation which was denied.
Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba last week distanced his boss from Reynolds describing him as a disgraced convict whose evidence should not be taken seriously.
“I cannot dignify allegations made against the President by a convicted felon. You are asking me to put the President on trial by commenting on a matter that is sub judice. This matter is before the courts and, therefore, I will not be drawn into commenting,” Charamba said.
Reynolds’ short stay in Zimbabwe was marred by an arrest on allegations of possessing pornographic material.
However, the charge was thrown out by the courts, but the former US representative was convicted for staying in the country on an expired permit.