Presidential spokesperson George Charamba has sensationally claimed that the missing $15 billion diamond revenue was made up by President Mugabe for emphasis. Charamba claims that the President did this in order to safeguard the diamonds, which were in the hands of foreigners. Charamba made the revelation in his weekly column in the Herald where he writes as Nathaniel Manheru.
In his column Charamba said:
I have a great disclosure to make, even then at the risk of contravening a sacred Act I signed and am sworn to. What is more, a disclosure that risks blowing my cover as a columnist — by now yet another illusion!
Here I go: It’s a fine Monday morning, and we are having a prayer with the Great One. Then a great conversation started: “Sir, this claim that we lost $15bn-worth of diamonds?”
Great, cacophonous laughter from The Great One. “What $15bn, young man? What was the value of rough diamonds traded worldwide last year?” Another roaring laughter! “About $14 comma something billion, Sir!”
“So-ooo!?” Yet another round of reckless laughter. Then the bombshell: “Figure yandakangotaura zvangu kuti zvityise, (Just a figure that i made up for emphasis) kikikiki!”
“Ahh shefu, zvino mativambira neOpposition!” (But Boss, you were giving the opposition ammunition)
More laughter! “Hameno zvako (Bad for you), that’s for you to deal with. I wanted to dramatise the need for us to take total control of our Diamond resource; to ensure full accountability of its exploitation, and I achieved the national focus I wanted. The change that’s necessary. Where else in the world is a strategic mineral reposed in foreigners? Where? Zvimwewo izvo zvava zvako (The rest is on you)!” Another round of laughter, even more raucous. Palaver finish!