Former president Robert Mugabe has been summoned to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy. The portfolio committee which is chaired by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa is investigating corruption in the Chiadzwa diamond fields and missing diamond revenues. Mugabe once claimed that the country had lost an estimated $15 billion in diamond revenues, although George Charamba later claimed that Mugabe had been lying for dramatic effect.
Speaking to the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Mliswa said,
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He is not being prosecuted. We are just going to get oral evidence from him on the time he was President. It’s very legal, it’s above board. He is not being arrested. He will give oral evidence pertaining to the area of diamonds mining he presided over, that is in order.
Home affairs minister Obert Mpofu has refused to cooperate with the portfolio committee as along as Temba Mliswa is in charge.
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