Chihuri, Chombo, Mpofu summoned to Parliament

HOME Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo and ex-police boss Augustine Chihuri have been summoned to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy to give their side into the alleged looting of diamonds in the Chiadzwa area.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Committee chairperson and Norton MP Temba Mliswa told NewsDay yesterday that the net had been cast wider to find answers into the alleged illicit diamond deals.

“We want everyone who might help us get answers to be there, so we have summoned quite a few people. Chihuri, former Home Affairs, Finance and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and former Mines, now Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, Walter Chidakwa (former Mines minister) all current and former permanent secretaries. All top police officers at the Border Control Unit will be appearing before the committee on Friday,” Mliswa said.

He said his committee wanted to plug all “loopholes and stop the blame-game”.

“Chihuri has to come and explain because it seems as Parliament, we are being pushed from pillar to post. We want all of these people in one room so they can explain their individual roles. Everyone, who was involved, needs to come and we are hoping they will,” the Norton MP said.

Mpofu, in particular, was implicated in a $10 million bribery scandal by Canadile Mining owner Lovemore Kurotwi during his tenure as Mines minister.

He has consistently denied the charges.

Last week, Mliswa’s committee summoned current Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, who professed ignorance regarding the operations of a police-controlled diamond mining firm Gye Nyame in Chiadzwa.

Matanga and Chombo were quizzed on their role in Operation Hakudzokwi, in which illegal diamond miners were killed at the hands of State security agents and to explain police’s diamond mining activities.

Mpofu, a few weeks ago, appeared before the same committee and declared he would not answer questions “as long as Mliswa is chairperson”.


Mliswa threatened to charge the Home Affairs minister with contempt of Parliament, but is yet to take action.

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21 Comments

  1. Are these hearings bearing any fruits? How much money through sitting allowances are these committees gobbling?

    Time has come for us to accept reality. Loopholes were created and people advantaged on them. Look at the list of exporters who played games. Are we going to surmmon the China man? If not why harass Zimbabweans?

    The best thing is to work on modalities that prevent such openings in our systems bound for abuse. We still have abundance of wealth in this country, which if managed properly will make us a great Nation.

    Let bygones be bygones and move on with our country. Tough luck we were screwed by people we trusted. At least a lesson learnt, never trust a politician.

  2. I think Temba is too temperamental ant his approach is akin to that of a judge who descends into the arena so to say. Be steady and ask open ended questions and remove emotions.

  3. Avo havambouye ende hapana zvamunovaita!

  4. more and more talk and no action!

  5. I don’t see anything happening to any of those,, what the hell is Chombo still doing there,, he should be at Gonarezhou by this time. ED playing tricks with the electorate.

  6. Comment…varume hurumende ye zanu hatichada nezvayo vanhu vakaondonga nyika ivava tavakuda zvitsva kuti nyika ino ibudirire

  7. One Zimbabwe, One nation

    Cde ED as long as Mpofu is not behind bars I will not vote you.

  8. E.D.you were coming up fine but get rid of the criminal elements around you.Mark my words Obert Mpofu will cost you the needed vote

    1. Tired Senior Cop

      Very true

  9. Comment…Yeh brado, one-one for sure. What political competition for. System renovation for maximum national production, necessary retirements in national interest, dzinodhonza chete pachipani. Munhu wese kumunda(productive existence) chero kusina “amai”. In the name of Zimbabwe not zanu or mdc or npf or… We try that formula(One-one) for at least 10 years.

  10. I Want To Say To All Younger Genaratiom Please Do’nt Vote For This Devils And Criminals Becoze They Do

  11. changuu vakoma!!

    we are beyond 100 days , nothing is improving , do not waste resources on useless hearings taneta nazvo izvi

  12. FIFTEEN BILLION

    we want action on all looters & crtiminals.Talking & talking without action won’t take us anywhere.Please itai serious mari ngaidzoke we want our 15 billion.

  13. Mpofu refused to address this so called committee and nothing happened and if these proceedings are yielding nothing ,no action on culprits no answers at the end of it all then why waste taxpayers(public)money. I wonder what “new” wine can come out of old bottles. Its true you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, it will still bite you as it used to. New brains new minds new approach is needed to support the new dispensation. They all promised to hit the ground running (allowances)instead of hitting on the economy to turn it
    round.

  14. Wegona Chitova

    We vote for visionary practical leadership. ED is tried and tested. No room for experiments at this juncture. Chamisa for 2030 elections. at 52 he will be mature enough. Curerently #EDHasMyVote. i have sadi no to a generational curse. We will not build Zimbabwe by jokes. we will only build by seriouys hard working. Kamisa is relying on benevolence from the rich countries, forget and smile mukoma Chitova. We want real policies. No policy was ever initiated and implemented during your GNU stay. we want better things. Remain in the terraces throwing missile words but enjoying the good displays being exhibited by the tried and tested but reformed ED. Vote ED means Economic Development.

  15. HAPANA CHAVANOITWA ZVAGARA ZVAKADARO INONZI ZIM INO

  16. hapana kwatino svika

    Comment…makaiona here 15 Billion wacho

  17. Comment…all of you gyz murimboko ED kuita seyii haana ku looter hre iye manje achamama ne AU ndatenda zvangu pamberi ne NPF ndini ndadaro kana muchitida huya tokupedzerayii mese byeee makapusa vanhu vemu zimbabwe hamufunge

    1. tohwa nemika ma-Jamaicans kuti maZimbo takapusa. Njere shoma dziya dzakubuda pachena dzoga

  18. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…Mubvunzo wangu mumwechetewo wabvunzwa naLameck Tembo Million. Tomboti ZVIUYA ZVIRIMBERI.

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