Robert Mugabe to answer questions in Zimbabwe’s parliament

Zimbabwe’s parliament has asked former leader to answer questions before parliamentary committee next month about whether the state was deprived of $15 billion(R181,48 billion) in diamond revenue, a legislator said on Friday.

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Zimbabwe’s Former President Robert Mugabe had been summoned to appear before parliament to answer questions over the missing $15 billion(R181,48 billion) in revenue from Marange gem fields.

Zimbabwe’s parliament has asked former leader to answer questions before parliamentary committee next month about whether the state was deprived of $15 billion(R181,48 billion) in diamond revenue, a legislator said on Friday.

Robert Mugabe said in March 2016 the country was robbed of wealth by diamond companies including joint ventures between Chinese companies and the army, police and intelligence services whose operations were shielded from public scrutiny.

The 94-year-old said Zimbabwe lost $15 billion(R181,48 billion) in revenue from Marange gem fields, more than 400 km east of the capital.

Mugabe expelled those firms last year and replaced them with a state-owned diamond company.

Zimbabwe parliament’s mining committee had conducted the interviews with the former Marange mining executives as well as the police, army and intelligence services and now wanted to talk to Mugabe.

“The committee resolved that the former president should appear on 9 May so that he can explain the disappearance of the $15 billion(R181,48 billion).” said Themba Mliswa who heads parliament’s mining committee.
It will be Mugabe’s first public appearance since last November when the army deposed him in a de facto coup after nearly four decades in power.