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Diamond bosses indicted

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Four of the six alleged diamond bosses were on Monday finally indicted for trial at the High Court while the state withdrew the charge against former Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) director Ashton Sibusiso Ndlovu who is now expected to testify against his former colleagues.

Provincial magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe indicted former chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) Dominic Mubayiwa, former legal advisor and company secretary John Tichaona Muhonde, former ZMDC acting chairperson Gloria Mawarire and former ZMDC board member of the technical committee Mark Tsomondo to February 7.

The four will remain on the same previous bail conditions under which they deposited
$2 000 and were instructed not interfere with the state witnesses.

The withdrawal of charges against Ndlovu by the state has raised eyebrows.

The state says the reason for exonerating Ndlovu was that he was part of the team that travelled to South Africa sometime in 2009, where a due diligence report which prompted the criminal charges was compiled.

Prosecutor Chris Mutangadura said Lovemore Kurotwi, the director of Core Mining and Mineral Resources, would be indicted for trial at the High Court on Thursday.

Mutangadura said the state served Kurotwi with summons on Monday for him to appear at Harare magistrates’ court tomorrow. “Kurotwi was not placed on remand although he is jointly charged with his co-accused persons. We served him with summons through his lawyers for indictment to the High Court.
He will appear before a magistrate on Thursday,” Mutangadura said.

The fraud allegations against all the accused persons arose in 2009, during which time the state alleges they connived to misrepresent facts to Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu.

They allegedly submitted a favourable due diligence report and recommended to the minister that ZMDC should proceed to enter into a joint venture with Core Mining to form Canadile Miners.

The state further alleges that due to misrepresentation of facts, the accused persons acted in common purpose to defraud ZMDC and the government of over $10 million worth of diamonds.

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