Zimbabwean opposition, the National People’s Front (NPF) party, has
reportedly taken a swipe at the Mines and Energy parliamentary portfolio
committee over its attempt to have former president Robert Mugabe, 94,
explain the country’s missing $15 billion diamond revenue.
The committee led by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has tried in vain to
bring the nonagenarian to answer questions over his 2016 claim that Zimbabwe
lost $15 billion in revenue due to corruption and foreign exploitation in the
Mugabe, who was ousted from office in November after 37 years in power, last
week failed – for the third time – to attend the hearing without giving
According to New Zimbabwe.com, NPF questioned why the committee seemed to
avoid some companies that were involved in diamond mining Chiadzwa.
“The activities of the parliamentary portfolio are meant to exonerate
President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice president Constantino Chiwenga from
allegations of looting diamonds by creating a sideshow involving the former
president,” NPF’s national spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire was quoted as saying.
Mawarire warned Mliswa not to abuse parliamentary procedures through what he
called a “fake process aimed at obfuscating debate around the abuse of diamonds
and diamond revenue through illegal mining activities by Zimbabwe’s security