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Mugabe Nephew Arrested on Suspicion of Illegally Exporting Flour


Police in Zimbabwe have arrested a nephew of President Robert Mugabe on suspicion of smuggling 30 tons of scarce flour to neighboring Mozambique.

The state-run Herald newspaper reports Leo Mugabe, a ruling ZANU-PF party member of parliament, is expected to appear in court Thursday.

The paper says he will face charges of illegally dealing in controlled products. The report says the smuggled flour was worth about $19 million.

The Herald says smuggled sugar and flour are sold cheaply in Mozambique, undercutting production from that country's own industries.

Last year, President Mugabe began an anti-corruption drive that has led to the arrest of several prominent Zimbabwean politicians.

Over the last five years, Zimbabwe has struggled with hyper-inflation and chronic shortages of food, fuel and cash.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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