The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is alleged to have seized 20 percent shares in diamond mining company Gye Nyame despite the fact the police did not contribute any capital. This is shown in documents which were submitted to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy which is chaired by Temba Mliswa. The ZRP are alleged to have been aided in this seizure by former Minister of Mines and current minister of Home Affairs Obert Mpofu.
Some of the documents submitted to the Portfolio Committee and which are in the hands of weekly investigative paper, the Zimbabwe INdependent read,
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In November 2011 upon signing of the JV, we were instructed by the then minister of mines that ZRP through some investments vehicles will be part of the joint venture and Commissioner (Grace) Ndebele, Commissioner (Mekia) Tanyanyiwa and Assistant Commissioner (Naison) Chivayo would be part of the management team. We (were) instructed to give them a 5% shareholding initially, but then further instructions increased the shareholding to 20% without capital contribution. There was no official written instruction to that effect from either the Ministry of Mines or ZMDC.
The ZRP was also alleged to have forcibly taken a box of diamonds from the company, whose fate remains unknown up to now.
ZRP abducted and obtained dot box keys by force from Munyeza. This resulted in the removal of all diamonds from the dot box and to date, no one really knows what happened to the diamonds except a few stones handed over to ZMDC
However, the ZRP have distanced themselves from the company and thrown former police boss Augustine Chihuri under the bus, alleging that he was solely responsible. Commissioners Chengeta, Tanyanyiwa and Ndebele were retired in January.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent
Temba Mliswa is an outspoken Zimbabwean politician and the current Member of Parliament for Norton Constituency having won the by-election on 22 October 2016 as an independent candidate. He is the former current Parliamentary Portfolio Chairman on Mines and Energy. He is a former member... Read More About Temba Mliswa
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police
Augustine Chihuri is a retired Zimbabwe law enforcement officer and former Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General. He is a war veteran who received his military training at Mgagao in Tanzania as well as the longest-serving police chief in Zimbabwe since Independence. On 13 November 2017... Read More About Augustine Chihuri