President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special envoy to Europe and the Americas Uebert Angel Snr has two identity documents while his British passport has a different date of birth raising serious questions about his integrity.
Mnangagwa last year appointed Angel Snr, aka Uebert Mudzanire, to the new position of special envoy to the president and ambassador at large to the Americas and Europe so that he can “use his vast experience in evangelism and business to promote investment for the country.”
His first ID, with registration number 83-099297X83, was issued at the Zaka registry offices in Masvingo in 1996 while the second one, with the registration number 29-195587H83, was obtained in Gweru in the Midlands a year later.
The two identity documents show that Angel Snr was born on September 6, 1978, but the ID numbers are different.
A check at the registry showed that Angel Snr has more than one national identity registration.
In such circumstances, the second ID is regarded as invalid, but startling details have shown that he used the 1997 ID to secure a passport in Zimbabwe, passport no ZE 306043, which he ordinarily should have used to go to the United Kingdom.
His British passport, number 464932598, issued by the United Kingdom Identity and Passport Service (IPS) on November 6, 2009, however, has a different date of birth from that shown on his Zimbabwean registration documents.
His British passport showed that he was born on March 4, 1972.
His March 4, 1972 date of birth which also appears on the UK company registry is consistent with the date of birth on his British passport, but is different from the date of birth on his two Zimbabwean identity cards 83-099297X83 and 29-195587H83 as well as birth certificate number NDG 2903-85.
The controversial cleric registered 12 companies in the United Kingdom that he dissolved and six others that are still active where his date of birth is recorded as March 4, 1972.
He is registered as a director-born on March 4, 1972 on the following dissolved companies, Apex News Ltd (12583558) (dissolved) Apex World News Ltd (12583616) (dissolved), Black Gold Premium Ltd (12398879) (dissolved), Osborne Institute of Theology Ltd (10300131) (dissolved), Free Earth Ltd (10288726) (dissolved), Coffee Island (Pvt) Ltd (10030147) (dissolved), Lion Crest Ltd (09679420) (dissolved), Miracle TV Ltd (09506309) (dissolved), Levi House Ltd (09351831) (dissolved), Miracle Times TV Limited (08937256) (dissolved), Spirit Embassy Ministries Limited (08928120) (dissolved) and Levi House Ltd (12203639) (dissolved).
Angel Snr is also registered as a director born on March 4, 1972 in six active companies namely Brits Finance Ltd (10404623), Atom Mobile Ltd (10372196), Black Stallion Ltd (09210046), Spirit Embassy Ltd (09280024), The Angel Organisation Ltd (09210111) and Brits Money Ltd (10468743).
On March 9, 2021, Angel Snr appeared before a Harare lawyer, Tichavona Mutebere, where he made an application to change his name from Uebert Mudzanire to Uebert Angel Snr claiming he was born on September 6, 1978, a birth date inconsistent with his British one but consistent with his two Zimbabwean national IDs.
Investigations also showed that Angel Snr has a biological brother, Samson Mudzanire, ID number 83-066977R83, who was born on April 14, 1972.
Going by Angel Snr’s March 4, 1972 date of birth on his British passport, his mother, Rose Mudzanire, gave birth to two sons in 1972 within 40 days of each other.
There are also questions around Angel Snr’s academic qualifications with evidence pointing to the fact that some of his degrees are fake.
The United States Department of Justice through Operation Gold Seal flagged Angel Snr’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree obtained from Saint Regis University as fake.
The sting, Operation Gold Seal busted a massive internet-based business from Spokane in the US, which sold 10 815 fake credentials to 9 612 people in 131 countries for a total of over US$7,3 million.
Angel Snr denies buying a fake online business degree with a “diploma-mill scheme” that was eventually shut down by the US.
Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba was not answering his calls yesterday.
Regis Chikowore, the secretary for presidential communications, said Angel Snr was appointed on the basis that he was a Zimbabwean.
“I can’t comment on allegations that he has two different identity particulars,” Chikowore said.
“I am not qualified to comment on that.
“There are relevant authorities better placed to respond to that, but what I can say is, his appointment to the office of the ambassador was straight forward.
“He was simply appointed on the basis of him being a Zimbabwean.”
Angel Snr’s close associate Mudiwa Hood, who in the past acted as his spokesperson, initially refused to comment on the matter, but later said there was nothing amiss about the envoy having different identity documents.
“The registrar’s office automatically cancels the other identity card when a person is attempting to obtain the second identity document,” he said.
“If you go to the registrar’s office you would see that is the case.
“He can’t have two identity documents. I, however, would not want to be involved in his issues.”
Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe did not respond to questions sent to him while his deputy Ruth Maboyi referred this publication back to her boss.