The accounts of the companies, owned by close associates of President Emmerson Mnangagwa including Kuda Tagwirei of Sakunda and Tarisai Mnangagwa of Spartan, were frozen on Friday last week after the local currency plunged against the United Dollar following reports that the companies in question had poured millions into the black market to purchase the greenback.
The rate immediately recovered from 25:1 to 15:1 following news on the freezing of the accounts. But the rate fell again yesterday following social media reports that the accounts had been unfrozen.
The head of the central bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit Mirirai Chiremba dismissed reports circulating on the social media that the accounts had been unfrozen were false.
“We advise that the accounts of the entities named in the directive remain unfrozen, pending finalization of our analyses,” Chiremba said.
“We will communicate to relevant stakeholders through appropriate channels when the process has been concluded.”
The rate fell from 15 to nearly 18:1 yesterday.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said yesterday the government will continue to monitor the architecture of the country’s financial system to close all loopholes that unscrupulous dealers could use to manipulate the exchange rate.
“It’s very clear that we needed to close those loopholes that some have taken advantage of and manipulate the exchange rate of the currency,” he said.