British Peer Peter Hain Resigns From Moti Group Special Adviser Role

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A former high-profile anti-apartheid campaigner and  British cabinet minister Peter Hain has confirmed stepping down from his position on the board of Moti Group, a South African conglomerate whose chairman, Zunaid Moti is a close associate Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Lord Hain has been hired as an adviser by the chairman, Zunaid Moti, who was once cleared of a murder plot and appeared on Interpol’s wanted list for alleged fraud.

He spent his childhood in South Africa and was a  fierce critic of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president until his appointment last year drawing huge controversy when he and Mr Moti visited the country to discuss investment opportunities with senior former members of the new regime led by  Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as well as former army chief-turned-Deputy President Constantino Chiwenga, who led the coup that toppled Robert Mugabe in November  2017.

Both men are the subject of targeted sanctions by the United States, imposed in the early 2000s, which claims that they were involved in efforts “to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions” and “acts of violence and other human rights abuses against political opponents”.

According to the UK Parliament register of interests, Lord Hain ‘s interests in Moti Group  (Pty) Ltd ceased on 28 February 2019.

He confirmed the departure on social media twitter.

” I’m NO LONGER an adviser and stopped being beginning year” , he wrote.

I’m NO LONGER an adviser and stopped being beginning year https://t.co/0VT74FOg59

— Peter Hain (@PeterHain) August 22, 2019

His remarks followed an earlier tweet in which he seems to condemn the Zimbabwe’s new repressive regime.

Excellent article by @ianbirrell @thetimes on @edmnangagwa disastrous repressive Zimbabwe government betraying every promise he made to rebuild & renew after Mugabe despotism @PiersPigou @nelsonchamisa @HeraldZimbabwe @NewsDayZimbabwe

— Peter Hain (@PeterHain) August 22, 2019

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