Zimbabwe Diamond Mine Diectors Spurn Parliamentary Committee

Directors from Mbada Diamonds and Canadille, two joint venture companies between state owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and two South African companies, spurned another Mines and Energy committee meeting forcing the Members of Parliament to seek advice from deputy clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda on Monday.

MP’s who are members of the committee who spoke on condition of anonymity to Radio VOP, said directors from the two companies had written more or less the same reasons for avoiding interrogation by Parliament on the murky dealings at the Marange fields.

“We have asked for advice from the deputy clerk because we want to nail them. We are preparing for that and we want to conclude the process by next Monday so that on Tuesday we move the contempt of Parliament motion,” said one of the MPs.

Diamond mining in Zimbabwe has raised human rights concerns apart from the secrecy that has been associated with it.

The Mines and Energy Committee had invited both Mbada and Canadille to make presentations to the committee on Monday, the Mines Permanent Secretary on Tuesday and Mines Minister on Wednesday.

Committee chairperson Edward Chindori Chininga told reporters after his committee deliberations that he would be in a position to comment on Tuesday.

“Come tomorrow, we will have a clearer position for you but I can confirm that the two companies did not turn up a hearing,” said Chininga.

The Mines committee warned Mbada the last week that its directors could face contempt of parliament charges if they fail to show up for hearings on the company and its mining activities.

The directors had failed to show up for a hearing scheduled by the committee last Monday despite the panel’s instructions to Mbada’s chairman Robert Mhlanga last month to produce his entire board of directors to the committee this week.