One of the two First Oil Company (Private) Limited directors believed to have fled to South Africa is reported to be in Mpumalanga, as investigations on their case deepen.
The two are facing allegations of obstructing the course of justice after they reportedly connived with CMED (Pvt) Ltd managing director Davison Mhaka to cook up papers showing how $2,7 million in the botched fuel deal was spent.
Last week, police said they were working with the International Police (Interpol) to assist them in locating the two First Oil Company (Private) Limited directors.
Alex Kudakwashe Mahuni and Lynon Gilbert Katunga are believed to have manufactured fake documents together with Mhaka through an IT expert in South Africa to conceal the case.
According to police, Mahuni and Katunga fled to the neighbouring country to evade arrest and being questioned over the case.
Sources close to the investigations yesterday said that they had received information that Mahuni was staying in Mpumalanga and they would soon track him down, while the whereabouts of Katunga are still not known.
It is believed that once Mahuni is arrested, he would lead police to Katunga since they are communicating.
There have also been reports that Mahuni has been communicating with Mhaka, checking on latest developments on their case.
It is also alleged that he is boasting that he will not be arrested since he had fled to the neighbouring country.
A senior police officer yesterday said the net will soon close in on the two directors as they had widened their investigations to bring them to book.
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi recently said the manhunt for the two was still on.
“Alex Kudakwashe Mahuni and Lynon Gilbert Katunga are wanted persons in a suspected case of money laundering, which is contravening Section 8 (2) of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act Chapter 9:24,” he said.
Last month, Mhaka, who is facing charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice and violating the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act, gave notice that he intended to make an application of refusal of further remand.
Mhaka, who is on $500 bail, had his matter remanded to June 28, prompting him to notify the court of his application on the next remand date.