Dylish Nguwaya is a Zimbabwean businessman who founded Drax International LLC. Dylish Nguwaya is however best known as a business associate and friend of Collins Mnangagwa son to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Dylish grew up in Gokwe and came to Harare to train as a police officer. He is the founder of Drax International LLC located at Fujairah Towers in the United Arab Emirates. He is known as a business associate and friend of Collins Mnangagwa son to the President of Zimbabwe. Businessman Frank Buyanga who is fighting for custody of his 4-year old son from ex-girlfriend Chantelle Muteswa named the Dylish Nguwaya in his letter to Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission as the individual who “has been communicating with Justice Manzunzu.” Mr Nguwaya has a colourful criminal history dating to his days as a constable in the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The egregiously unflavoury record includes armed robbery charges, impersonating police officers, mounting illegal road blocks, and fraud.
Dylish Nguwaya's Drax International donated a ventilator to government to be used in the fight against coronavirus. Mr Nguwaya has appeared at the State House on 8 April 2020 in the company of Collins Mnangagwa, son of the sitting Zimbabwe President, and at that function he carried himself as a phenomenal philanthropist donating COVID-19 related medical supplies worth $200 000, and promising to do more through a $60 million deal with NatPharm..
Friendship with Collins Mnangagwa
Dylish is known to be a friend and business associate of Collins after the later founded Drax International but Collins Mnangagwa denies any links with Dylish. This is despite photos of Collins and Dylish together.
Nguwaya, a business partner of Mnangagwa’s son, Collins, has a colourful criminal past – including multiple arrests for armed robbery, cocaine possession and extortion. Nguwaya, styling himself as a police officer and sometimes as informer for Zimbabwe’s intelligence services, has landed in court over half a dozen times accused of a range of criminal activities.
Arriving in Harare from Gokwe where he grew up, he is known to have enlisted for the police constabulary and was attached to Mabelreign police post. In July 2012, a couple were driving on the Harare-Bulawayo Road and at a traffic-controlled intersection at the Warren Park offramp, Nguwaya allegedly pulled up next to them in his BMW. A court heard he accused the man who was driving with his wife of side-swiping his car before moving to block the road with his vehicle. Shortly after, a police officer from Mabelreign arrived at the scene and parked behind the terrified couple’s vehicle, boxing them in. Nguwaya and his police colleague were alleged to have snatched a handbag containing US$2,500 and valuables worth US$255 at gunpoint before jumping into their vehicles and driving off at speed towards Kuwadzana. The couple later withdrew the charges, allegedly after receiving threats.
In April 2013, Nguwaya was charged alongside two police officers and another man accused of extorting US$6,000 from Valley Fresh Shop in Strathaven, Harare. Posing as detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department, they had accused the company of smuggling a truckload of fruits and vegetables from South Africa and demanded to be paid to call off the investigation.
Four years later, in March 2017, he was prosecuted for extortion, possession of cocaine and contravening the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act after being found in possession of a prescription drug, sildenafil, which is sold under the brand name Viagra.
Nguwaya had extorted US$15,000 from one Bruce Michael Blake, who was forced to part with the money after Nguwaya told him he was under investigation for spying, while promising he could make the charges go away.
Delish Nguwaya was arrested and charged with fraud.
The case was in connection with a Coronavirus tender scam that saw the government paying his Company Drax International LLC an amount of about US$1 million.
Nguwaya was released on 50 thousand Zimbabwe dollars bail.
The High Court had earlier on reserved judgment on bail application for Nguwaya. Nguwaya was ordered to surrender his travelling documents to the clerk of court, surrender title deeds of his house, and not interfere with State witnesses until the finalisation of the matter.
On 1 December 2020, Nguwaya was removed from remand by Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna and the State was told to proceed by way of summons when it is ready to go to trial.
The removal from remand came after Nduna noted that the State was failing to show seriousness in investigating and prosecuting the charges and failing to justify delays in giving a trial date.
He further said it was almost six months since Nguwaya was arrested, with the State promising to complete investigations and give him a trial date on July 28. Nguwaya had been remanded 10 times, and he had been religiously attending court with the State failing to give cogent reasons for further postponing any trial.
Affirmative Action Group Appointment
On 13 May 2021, Nguwaya was appointed Affirmative Action Group (AAG) consulting advisor responsible for security.
The appointment was made by AAG founding president Phillip Chiyangwa with immediate effect. Chiyangwa said in a statement:
I hereby appoint you as the AAG national executive council member responsible for security with immediate effect, to serve from May 2021-2025.
Chiyangwa said Nguwaya’s mandate is to advocate for and defend, the rights of the majority against market forces in light of the weaknesses in the public social support systems. Said Chiyangwa:
…Thus (he) will actively defend the right of all disadvantaged persons or groups unfair and unjust treatment at the bends of institutions that draw their strength or profit from the operation of democratic and popular based governance in Zimbabwe.
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