Anti-Graft Probe Should Go For $15b Diamond Looters – MDC-T

By Staff Reporter

Harare, June 07, 2016 – THE MDC-T has called on the country’s anti-corruption commission to extend its probe on those who siphoned $15 billion worth of potential diamond revenue from Chiadzwa past six years.

This comes after the state media on Sunday revealed the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has instituted investigations on ministries, parastatal heads and top businessmen suspected of involvement in acts of corruption.

Party spokesperson Obert Gutu said on Monday that the main opposition welcomed the move by government to finally take action on rampant corruption in the country.

“Going forward, the MDC expects the ZACC to not only talk the walk but to also walk the talk. The blitz on corruption must and indeed, should be all-embracing and holistic,” Gutu said.

“No corrupt politician, civil servant, businessperson and or business entity should escape the clampdown on corruption if at all Zimbabwe is going to meaningfully exorcise the ghost of graft from within our society.

“In this respect, therefore, the MDC also calls upon the ZACC to immediately institute investigations into how the $15 billion dollars from the country’s diamonds was stolen.”

President Robert Mugabe early this year revealed that up to $15 billion could have been realised through formal diamond mining activities by firms licenced to do so in Chiadzwa in the past six years.

Of the amount, he said, only $2 billion was accounted for, with the rest spirited away by cartels acting in connivance with the mining firms.

The revelations caused uproar among Zimbabweans with many calling for government to account for the money in a country that has continuously failed to meet its budget requirements.

Nothing has been done about the culprits, save for a decision by government to force the closure of the mining firms in the area.

The MDC-T said the anti-corruption commission should start investigating the culprits.

“All the culprits, no matter who they are, should be promptly brought to book and the stolen funds should also be repatriated to Zimbabwe,” Gutu said.

“It is only when this is done that the nation will sincerely believe that the anti-corruption blitz that was announced a couple of days ago is genuine and not just another façade meant to wood wink the suffering and toiling masses of Zimbabwe.”

 

The MDC-T blamed the current high level corruption to nearly four decades of misrule by Zanu PF.