Former Police Boss Augustine Chihuri Gets US$7 Million Mansion Back
Former Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri is a relieved man after the High Court removed some of his properties from the unexplained wealth orders.
His companies which are implicated in possible corrupt business deals with the police force remain under unexplained wealth orders.
He is being accused of investing US$32 million of public funds into family companies and buying properties during his tenure at the helm of the police force.
Chihuri had all his known Zimbabwean assets placed under management in 2020. He was ordered to explain how he had acquired his assets which were listed by the State for potential forfeiture.
In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, High Court judge Justice Pisirayi Kwenda varied two unexplained wealth orders.
The unexplained wealth order granted on 11 June 2020 had four paragraphs deleted from the list and that granted a week later on 18 June 2020 had two paragraphs removed.
The properties removed from the unexplained wealth orders include five vehicles, farm equipment for his two farms in Chinhoyi and Shamva and several houses including a spectacular mansion in Gletwyn comprising 16 bedrooms all en-suite, seven lounges, nine garages, a helipad and a fishing dam all sitting on a 12ha of land valued at US$7 million.
The High Court also granted the State’s counter application involving certain companies that were in business deals with the ZRP.
The five companies received US$32 million to supply certain goods and materials to the police.
The State is seeking to freeze Chihuri’s companies and the properties, pending the final outcome of possible criminal investigations and civil suits.
Below are pictures of the mansion worth at least US$7 million owned by Augustine Chihuri: