Zimbabwe MP flees to UK over currency probe

source: ZimNews
author/source:Mail & Guardian (SA)
published:Sun 30-Dec-2007

“I can assure you that when authorities get the documents absolving me, I will definitely come back”

Harare – A legislator in Zimbabwe’s ruling party has fled to Britain, fearing arrest in a police probe of foreign-currency payments he made last month, official media reported on Sunday. The state-owned Sunday Mail quoted unnamed sources as saying police wanted to interview David Butau, the Zanu PF MP for a northern constituency, about a $1,07-million payment made for tractors from an offshore account in the Channel Islands. Butau was unavailable for comment, but the Sunday Mail quoted him, speaking from Britain, as denying any wrongdoing and accusing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono of instigating the police investigation against him. “He [Gono] had the state machinery at his disposal and I had to flee the country. But I can assure you that when authorities get the documents absolving me, I will definitely come back,” he told the paper.

Police say they have been trying to interview Butau for the past [continue reading]



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