The United Kingdom has imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on Sakunda boss and President Emmerson Mnangagwas adviser, Kudakwashe Tagwirei.

The sanctions will also apply to any entities owned or controlled by Tagwirei.

The UK Embassy in Zimbabwe has confirmed that Kuda Tagwirei is included on the list of Africans sanctioned by the UK.

Tagwirei is one of five people targeted in the second tranche of UK sanctions under the Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime. Others targeted are Teodoro Obiang Mangue, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea; Alex Nain Saab Morán and Alvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas of Venezuela and Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan, the governor of Nineveh province in Iraq.

The action taken today targets individuals who have lined their own pockets at the expense of their citizens.

The UK says it is committed to fighting the blight of corruption and holding those responsible for its corrosive effect to account.

The UK says corruption drains the wealth of poorer nations, keeps their people trapped in poverty and poisons the well of democracy.

Tagwirei who is accused of industrial-scale corruption and “state capture” was placed on United States sanctions last year.