Shamu Fingured In Human Trafficking Saga

Shamu Fingured In Human Trafficking Saga
Published: 2016 May 18 05:27:04 (1843 Views)
Former Cabinet Minister Webster Shamu was yesterday named in Parliament as the proprietor of a downtown strip tease joint that was allegedly used as a recruitment point in the trafficking of 150 women to Kuwait and other countries in the Middle East.

Several legislators called for the closure of the joint, accusing it of promoting debauchery and demanded that Kuwait embassy officials be held responsible for aiding the trafficking of girls in that country who were eventually used as sex slaves.

Shamu, who had been a Cabinet Minister for several years before being stripped owing to his alleged links with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, denied owning the club saying the allegations were made by people bent on tarnishing his name.

This came out during a motion moved by Goromonzi West MP Beata Nyamupinga (Zanu-PF), calling for expeditious investigations into circumstances surround the luring of the girls under the pretext that they would get lucrative jobs in Kuwait.

In her contribution, Nyamupinga condemned the exploitation of women in the night joints.

During the debate, Tafara/Mabvuku MP Mr James Maridadi (MDC-T), said the club was owned by a member of Parliament, adding that another legislator was subletting stalls at Mupedzanhamo Flea Market where he collected $200 per stand while remitting $15 to council.

He was directed to give names by stand-in Speaker of the National Assembly, William Mutomba following protests from Mbare MP Tendai Savanhu (Zanu-PF), to which he said he would furnish the house with names today.

During the debate some MPs could be heard shouting Shamu’s name each time legislators from both Zanu-PF and MDC-T made reference to the night club.



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