Zimbabwean businessman and alleged gold smuggler Ewan Macmillan (aka Mr. Gold) has spoken disparagingly about black people saying one should not do business with them.
Macmillan made the comments while speaking to Al Jazeera undercover reporters, who were pretending to be Chinese criminals looking to launder more than US$100 million of undeclared wealth.
The “loud and loquacious” Macmillan was featured in the fourth and final episode of the “Gold Mafia” documentary titled “Have The King With You” that was premiered on Friday, 14 April 2023.
Despite claiming that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was his partner, Macmillan said investing with black people may result in one losing their money, adding black people are liars. He said:
Do me a favour. Whatever you do listen to what I say. Don’t invest with a black guy. You will die. They will tell you just lies.
You’ll invest, and you’ll lose all your money. Do not trust any black person.
Macmillan also told the undercover reporters that the President’s son, Emmerson Jr was his partner.
He claimed that he paid Emmerson Jr’s debt and received the President’s Rolex watch after paying off the debt. Said Macmillan:
I can put you straight in touch with him. That’s no problem. He is a friend of mine. We meet him, no problem.
And you won’t believe this. This is between us. I have Mnangagwa’s gold-studded President. Rolex.
Because the son ran into debt and had to pay the debt off so he gave me the Rolex.
I paid the debt off, and he said “Please don’t tell my dad”. And I think, … man, you are joking.
I’ve got the dad’s watch. It’s a blue face with gold studs all around. So I’ve all that in a safe…
Macmillan’s assets, alongside those of Uebert Angel, Kamlesh Pattni, and Simon Rudland were recently frozen by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Financial Intelligence Unit.
Pattni, Angel, and Rudland were implicated in gold smuggling, money laundering, bribery, and other corrupt activities in the Al Jazeera documentary.
A 2020 report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) said gold worth US$1.5 billion was smuggled out of Zimbabwe every year by syndicates linked to political elites.