Parliament summons former President Robert Mugabe over 15-billion-dollar diamond revenue.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy says former President Robert Mugabe will appear before it to answer questions on the alleged disappearance of $15 billion worth of diamonds from Chiadzwa.

Tichawona Katsvamutima

Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa told that President Mugabe was the source of the information hence he has to appear beore their committee.

“It will be unfair for people to say when he said it he was not in the right state of mind, he is a man who is very sharp and he was going to be the candidate for Zanu PF in this year’s elections, no one at that point in time said he was joking,” said Mliswa.

Mliswa says President Mugabe must have got that information from a well informed position and his committee has resolved that he should appear before them.

He says the committee will also summon current and former high ranking government officials.

“We are humbled that the current Vice President who was then Minister of Home Affairs will appear before the committee, not that he has done anything but Home Affairs Ministry got a concession so they must answer to this as well,” said Mliswa.

Mliswa said other former government officials that will appear before the committee include Didymus Mutasa former Minister of State Security, Sydney Sekeramayi who was then Minister of Defence and Dr Ignatious Chombo then Minister of Finance and Home Affairs Minister. He says even former Permanent secretaries to the mentioned ministries will be summoned to appear before the committee.

The Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act and Parliament Standing Rules and Orders allow Parliament to summon anyone for oral evidence, except the sitting President, meaning former President Mugabe can be called to appear before Parliament.

In 2015 Former President Mugabe claimed that $15 billion worth of diamonds had not been counted for. However, the claims were later refuted by government officials.