Parliament waits on Mugabe …as US$15 billion probe intensifies

By Daniel Chigundu

MINES and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa has revealed that they are waiting on former President Robert Mugabe’s confirmation to attend the committee on Wednesday.

The committee is currently carrying out a probe on the alleged missing US$15 billion which Mugabe claim was lost through shoddy dealings in the diamond mining sector.

Already all the companies and officials who were directly or indirectly involved in the mining of the country’s diamonds at Chiadzwa have appeared before the committee and have given their sides of the story.

In previous meetings, the committee had said the former President will only be invited to appear should they fail to get concrete answers on the US$15 billion.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of the committee meeting at Parliament, Honourable Mliswa said they had written to the former President and are awaiting his confirmation.

“We asked the Clerk of Parliament to write to the former President to appear before the committee on Wednesday, the letter we are told was sent and we are now waiting for his response.

“We don’t know whether he will confirm or not but we have invited him,” he said

According to Mliswa, no stone will remain unturned in the quest to get to the bottom of the alleged missing US$15 billion diamond revenue.

Although Zimbabwe discovered diamonds in Chiadzwa and entered into a partnership with various Chinese companies through the ZMDC, nothing much was realised leading to the decision to consolidate all the diamond activities at Chiadzwa into Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC).

There were unconfirmed reports of small aircraft that would land in Mutare, Collect diamonds and fly to unknown destinations.

Zimbabwe is currently facing serious financial challenges and an answer or location of where the missing US$15 billion is stashed would go a long way in helping in the attempt by the current government to revive the economy.

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