VICE-PRESIDENT Kembo Mohadi has reportedly been flown out of the country for medical attention after he fell sick recently, Parliament heard yesterday.
BY VENERANDA LANGA
Mohadi was expected to appear before the Temba Mliswa-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines yesterday to speak on the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operations in Chiadzwa during his tenure as State Security minister and how the spooks came into contact with shadowy Chinese businessman, Sam Pa.
“The VP Mohadi is not feeling well and he is outside the country right now, but he has said that when he feels better he will actually appear before the committee to speak on the diamond issue,” Mliswa said, adding that the committee wished him a speedy recovery.
Mliswa’s committee also ordered the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to track down Sam Pa and bring him to Zimbabwe to explain his role in diamond mining activities in Chiadzwa.
This was after CIO director-general Isaac Moyo told the committee that he had not seen any documents regarding the organisation’s joint venture with Kusena Diamond Mining Company.
Last week, former CIO boss Happyton Bonyongwe told the same committee that operations in Kusena were transparent and that there was documentary evidence to prove all its transactions.
“I have been CIO director-general since January this year and may not be privy to some of the things that happened before, but I was briefed about the activities and I need to be frank and say that at this point and regarding the diamond joint venture with the CIO, I have not been able to see a copy of that agreement and I am unable to comment on the nature of that agreement,” Moyo said.
“This morning (yesterday) I was trying to get hold of my predecessor, but unfortunately he is out of the country and it seems the agreements might not be produced in writing.”
Another CIO director identified as Jimias Madzingira told the committee that although he knew about Sam Pa, it was difficult for him to comment about the Chinese businessman because he used to deal directly with Bonyongwe.
Madzingira disclosed that the CIO was in a joint venture partnership with China International Fund fronted by Sam Pa in Kusena, adding they were also shareholders in Sino Zim.