United States business tycoon, Elzie Higginbottom is accused of giving Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe $100 000 bribe for a concession to mine diamonds with the profits expected to be split between the two.
When questioned by US former Congressman Mel Reynolds, Higginbottom denied giving Mugabe $100 000 in bribe money. When contacted for comment by NewsDay, Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba denied to comment on the matter as it was before the court. He also described Reynolds as a convict. Reynolds was arrested on allegations of possessing pornographic material but the charge was thrown out by the courts although he was convicted for staying in Zimbabwe on an expired permit.