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Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the former President of Zimbabwe is being summoned to appear before the Zimbabwe Parliament and explain the whereabouts of the missing $15 billion, which disappeared with no traces during his regime.

The Zimbabwe’s former President is set to appear before the Mines and Energy Portfolio Committee chaired by Norton MP Temba Mliswa to explain the allegations he made in 2016 that $15 billion worth of diamond revenue went missing, without account.

In addition, Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, a former Mines minister, and his successor, Walter Chidakwa, will also be summoned to testify over the disappearance of the diamond revenue during their tenure – said Mliswa, the Mines and Energy Portfolio Committee Chairperson.

‘There are no sacred cows in terms of the oversight role of Parliament, and there is nothing that even stops us from calling Mugabe, who first mentioned the issue of the $15 billion, from appearing before Parliament and asking him how he came to know about that,’ Mliswa added.

‘As a new minister, Chitando might not have an answer now on the issue of the $15 billion, but, as Parliament, we have a right to call anyone who is responsible for oral evidence, including Mugabe, Chidakwa and Mpofu, who were Mines ministers when the diamonds were said to have disappeared.’

Likely, some reports have explained that the former President is so far responding positively to the issue and according to the sources, he was quoted saying that he would heed to the Government’s call and return the Billions.

Reports show that Mr. Mugabe said he was not forced by anyone to take the move, but rather is to do it willingly. He further called upon the Zimbabweans to work in harmony and support the incumbent President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Accordingly, Mugabe also, basing on the local reports, blasted his former spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo’s statement that the military’s intervention was a coup.

‘The military were targeting criminals like Moyo, Kasukuwere,Chombo,Mphoko and others who had infiltrated the party,’ said Mugabe, the former President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporter: Shamilah Namuddu

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