Missing $15bn worth of diamonds: Parliament to grill former president Mugabe

Missing $15bn worth of diamonds: Parliament to grill former president Mugabe

- Following his 2016 claim that Zimbabwe lost $15 billion in income from diamonds due to corruption and foreign exploitation, a parliament committee will be summoning the ex-president

- The chairman of the committee on mines and mineral, Temba Mliswa, said that the committee resolved to call Mugabe to testify

- He said that the committee wants to know where the former president got the $15 billion figure

A committee of legislators in Zimbabwe will be summoning former president, Robert Mugabe, to testify at a probe into lost revenue from diamond mining.

A legislator, Temba Mliswa, revealed this on Tuesday, April 10. He stated that legislators plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost $15 billion in income from diamonds due to corruption and foreign exploitation, Business Day reports.

NAIJ.com notes that Mliswa, who said that the parliament committee resolved to call the former president to testify, is the committee chairman on mines and energy.

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The lawmaker said: "He was the president, and we want to know where he was getting the $15bn figure."

According to Mliswa, no date has been set to call Mugabe to testify.

Mugabe, who ruled the country for 38 years, exercised ruthless control over parliament, security forces and the country’s mineral resources.

Former ministers, former police chiefs and heads of several government department have already been summoned by the committee.

The committee chairman said that a report would be compiled when the investigation was complete.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

The former leader was also assured that his safety would be protected in Zimbabwe.

Sources close to the resignation negotiations claimed that Mugabe wants to die in his home country and has no plans to go into exile.

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Source: Naija.ng

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