ZIMBABWE: CORRUPTION/THE HERALD/24/5/18 SABANews 1
HARARE – Former President ROBERT MUGABE of ZIMBABWE has failed to appear before a legislative team scheduled to question him on large amounts of missing diamond money.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy says it will have to send the former dictator yet another invitation to come and give oral evidence on the issue.
Mr MUGABE shocked the nation in 2016 when he revealed the country had lost some 15-BILLION US dollars through pilferage of gems from the CHIADZWA diamond fields in the eastern district of MARANGE.
He told the national broadcaster in his 92ND birthday interview the State treasury received less than TWO-BILLION US dollars over the FIVE to SIX years of mining by private firms.
Mr MUGABE resigned from office following great pressure from the opposition, liberation war veterans, his own ruling ZANU PF party, and the army, which pacified other security agencies to allow protesting masses onto the streets.
His exit last NOVEMBER opened up his close allies in his former government to the laws of the land, with a number of them, including former ministers, having skipped the border and went on self-imposed exile.
The Parliamentary committee chaired by independent Legislator TEMBA MLISWA this WEDNESDAY waited in vain for more than TWO hours for the former strongman to arrive.
Media reports say the National Assembly team has deliberated and resolved to delay the hearing to MONDAY, 28 MAY 2018.
Mr MLISWA has told journalists at Parliament Building in HARARE the committee is of the view perhaps NINE O’clock in the morning is too early, considering the 94-year-old former leader used to start Cabinet at 12 Noon.
However, he says if they do not get cooperation from him, Parliament has powers to take action; but they would not want to get to that, as they expect he will attend.
Mr MLISWA says the National assembly will also deal with the issue of former Mines Minister, now Home Affairs Minister, OBERT MPOFU, who has since refuse to testify before the committee.
Minister MPOFU says he will not cooperate with the National Assembly team unless Chairman MLISWA, a former colleague in the ZANU PF Central Committee, recuses himself.
Mr MUGABE, who received no sympathy worldwide for his humiliating ejection from power, is accused of presiding over an administration that FIRST destroyed national infrastructure and later heavily looted the economy.
The former ZIMBABWEAN dictator has dismissed his ouster as a military coup de tat that ushered in an illegitimate government, but the world has disagreed with him bluntly – as his successor receives State invitations from all over./Sabanews/cam