The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development yesterday summoned former President Robert Mugabe to appear before it on May 9 to explain a claim he made in 2016 that Zimbabwe could have been prejudiced of more than $15 billion in unrealised diamond revenue from Chiadzwa. They also invited former Vice President Joice Mujuru to explain reports linking her to diamond mining in the area.
In an interview with The Chronicle yesterday, Norton MP Mr Temba Mliswa said his committee decided to call Mugabe to explain how the leakages occurred or how he came about the figure. Said Mliswa:
We met today as a committee and resolved that we invite former President Mr Mugabe to our committee to explain the disappearance of the $15 billion worth of diamonds. We have set May 9 as the date on which he will give evidence. It is a resolution that we made long ago, but we first wanted to receive evidence from other State institutions to determine whether it is necessary or not to invite him. After gathering all evidence, it was the committee’s view that we call the former Head of State and Government. The committee has also resolved to invite Mai Mujuru.