The Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy has summoned Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo, former ZRP Commissioner Augustine Chihuri and former Central Intelligence Organisation boss Happyton Bonyongwe to appear before the committee to give oral evidence on alleged illicit diamond deals.
The meeting scheduled for 9 April 2018 will also see Zimbabwe Consolidated Mining Company (ZCDC), Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), Mbada Diamonds, Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) and Marange Development Trust among others appearing before the committee.
The meeting is meant to bring together key players who were involved in diamond mining activities so that they are questioned on issues around the missing US $15 billion and the unfolding human rights abuse reports in Marange.
Hon. Temba Mliswa (Norton Independent) who chairs the committee was forced to postpone the meeting two weeks ago after Messrs Chihuri, Bonyongwe and Gudyanga failed to pitch up at Parliament.
Hon. Mliswa had tasked commissioner general Godwin Matanga to serve Chihuri. Matanga delegated Home Affairs secretary Melusi Matshiya who told the committee he had failed to locate him.
This is also a reaction to the presentations made by Marange Development Trust to the Mines Committee after they were trained by SAPST.
SAPST supported MDT to identify challenges that were being faced in Marange communities due to mining activities and as a result a draft position paper was prepared and presented before the committee. This is in line with SAPST’s continued efforts to educate marginalised groups on key policies and issues directly affecting them.