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Kurotwi indicted, remains on bail

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Core Mining and Mineral Resources director Lovemore Kurotwi has been indicted to the High Court for trial and remains out on bail on stringent conditions.

His trial has been set for February 7.

The Attorney-General’s office consented to Kurotwi’s bail on condition he deposited $3 000, surrendered his passport, and the title deeds to his house, reside at the given address, not to interfere with the state witnesses and to report three times per week at Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Minerals Section.

Harare provincial magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi indicted and remanded Kurotwi after director of public prosecutions Florence Ziyambi and Kurotwi’s legal team of Charles Nyika and Belinda Rupapa agreed on the set conditions.

Kurotwi will join former chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) Dominic Mubaiwa, 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 who have also been indicted for trial on the same case.

Kurotwi’s colleagues were indicted on Monday by provincial magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe while the state withdrew the charge against former ZMDC director Ashton Sibusiso Ndlovu after declaring him a state witness.

Ndlovu is now expected to testify against his colleagues.

The state expressed interest in Ndlovu’s evidence because he was part of the team that visited South Africa in 2009, and contributed to the compilation of the report that culminated in fraud charges against the diamond bosses.

The four former ZMDC bosses remained on the same previous bail conditions which include a $2 000 bail deposit, surrendering their passports and adherence to an order not to interfere with witnesses.

The fraud allegations arose sometime in 2009, when the quintet is alleged to have connived and misrepresented facts to the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Obert Mpofu in order to acquire diamond mining rights in Marange.

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

As a result, Core Mining and Mineral Resources and Marange Resources formed Canadile Miners which was granted mining rights and started mining diamonds.

The state then alleged that due to the said misrepresentation of facts, the accused persons defrauded ZMDC and government of over $10 million worth of diamonds.

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