Missing $15 billion diamond revenue exposes Zanu PF: Chimene

MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene has admitted that the $15 billion diamond loot in Chiadzwa exposed the Zanu PF leadership in the province, as the alleged scam was conducted under their noses.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

MANDI CHIMENE

The outspoken minister made the remarks last Friday at the Zimpapers’ Diamond FM launch in Mutare, where she said all Zanu PF politicians in the province were hanging their heads in shame after they failed to sniff out the looters.

“Wherever we are invited, together with Information minister Christopher Mushohwe, we don’t want to be recognised, as we are ashamed because the diamond looting was done under our watch,” she said.

President Robert Mugabe broke the news of the missing $15 billion diamond revenue in an interview to mark his 92nd birthday in March this year, saying Treasury had received $2 billion since diamond mining operations started in 2008.

Chimene, who, two years ago, replaced Mushohwe as Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister, also admitted that she had failed to push the diamond mining companies to honour their $50 million pledges to the Zimunya Marange Community Share Ownership Trust.

Turning to Mutare City Council, she said the local authority was now geared for fresh investments following a government-initiated clean-up campaign, which exposed massive corruption, which implicated top council officials and councillors.

“There were things that were affecting us in the city. We had a shake-up at Mutare City Council, but we are not sleeping trying to wipe out corruption in the city,’’ she said.

Chimene was instrumental in pushing for a government audit, which led to the resignation of Mutare town clerk Obert Muzawazi.

10 Comments

  1. CEO ZIMBABWE, OWN UP! THE BUCK STOPS AT YOUR DESK! NO THIS NO THAT, PERIOD!

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    Chimene unofanirwa kunyarisisa because you were also stealing diamonds at Marange. Part of the thieves.

  4. Where is the 15bn ? Ko sei pasina munhu asungwa. Chimene haikona kuti vhairira negoda yawakaba

  5. At least in Kenya they make money through corruption and invest in their country, not these foolish Zimbabwean leaders… stealing from your own people and sharing with foreigners. What nonsense!

  6. Its a disgrace for all African pple.A disgrace for black pple.A seriouse bad,ugly sign that Black Africans are stupid n not capable of simply managing God given minerals for our children.Its yu the black brothers ,stupid.3 theiving chinese steal 300m ,in this country,out of this country.IAs a woman I feel like piking up an Ak n shoot all these stupid brothers in gorvenment.

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  9. #BringBackOur15Billion!

    Its one thing for something to happen right “under your noses” as you say but its another to actually facilitate the looting of national resources. The first supposes that you are innocent but the second shows you are guilty. If you ask Mushowe and others, they can easily point to the looters. We do not want an apology from you, we want the money back. Its very simple. When we get the money (or diamonds) back then we can get an apology from you.

    And by the way, admission of failure is clear indication that you are not the right person for the job.

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