What money? Mugabe to face Zim parliament over $15-billion diamond scandal

What money? Mugabe to face Zim parliament over $15-billion diamond scandal

Robert Mugabe might be hauled in front of the Zimbabwean parliament to answer questions about what happened to $15-billion (R178-billion) worth of diamond revenue.

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Temba Mliswa, a former Zanu-PF MP, is the chairman of a parliamentary committee in mines and has been investigating the once lucrative Chiadzwa diamond fields.

Briefly.co.za learned that despite an estimated $15-billion in diamonds being mined Mugabe reported in 2016 that less than $2-billion had been earned according to news24.com.

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Mliswa also said that Mugabe would be asked why he removed mining companies from the diamond fields and replaced them with a state-run diamond firm in February 2016.

"If we have to bring the former president before us, he will come so that he tells us where he got the 15 billion-dollar figure, why the government took over diamond mines yet investors were putting money,” Mliswa said.

He said that none of the money generated from the diamond mines was reflected in the fiscus.

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Mugabe resigned as president November 2017 after unrelenting pressure from the public and the ruling party supported by the military.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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