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Diamond Looting: VP, Former Defence, Security Minister Under Probe

Harare - Zimbabwe Vice President, Kembo Mohadi, former defence minister of Sydney Sekeremai and fired minister of security, Didymus Mutasa,...

Harare - Zimbabwe Vice President, Kembo Mohadi, former defence minister of Sydney Sekeremai and fired minister of security, Didymus Mutasa, will be quizzed by parliament, as the probe into the missing diamond proceeds, believed to be in excess of $15 billion intensifies. 

Mohadi and Mutasa will appear in their capacities as former ministers of security, while Sekeremai functioned as derence minister, during the ill-fated era. 

“So we have asked for the former Minister of Home Affairs now Vice President Mohadi, former Minister State Security as well as Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa and the former Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeramayi,” the committee chairperson, Temba Mliswa announced. 

“The committee is sitting tomorrow at 9am where we are expecting more officials to appear,” said the the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy.
High-ranking Politicians to be Probed Over Missing Diamond Proceeds 

Former president, Robert Mugabe has also been lined up as a possible interviewee.

“We are not saying that they are guilty, but we would like to find out whether they knew about the concessions and who was running the concessions because all this information is very necessary.

The three have confirmed their attendance.

Mliswa said they were working to conclude investigations and come up with recommendations.
He said the committee intends to leave no stone unturned in investigating the alleged diamonds looting at Chiadzwa and was keen to interview former police Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Comm-General, Godwin Matanga, former Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo and former Mines and Energy Minister Walter Chidhakwa and officials from the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) have appeared before the committee in connection with the probe.

Comm-Gen Matanga appeared before the committee and said he was not aware that the police force had a mining concession at Chiadzwa diamond fields in Ma- range. He told legislators that he had only read about it in the media and his predecessor, Dr Chihuri, was better placed to explain further.

On two occasions, Dr Chihuri failed to appear before the committee with Comm-Gen Matanga revealing that they had failed to locate him. Dr Chihuri did not turn up for the first hearing on March 16 when he was supposed to appear before the committee and again did not turn up on March 23. - Online Sources

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