Home Affairs and Culture Minister Dr Obert Mpofu, former ministers Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Dr Ignatius Chombo, Didymus Mutasa, Walter Chidhakwa, former CIO Director General and Minister Happyton Bonyongwe, Permanent Secretary for Transport and Infrastructural Development Munesuishe Munodawafa, Professor Francis Gudyanga, among others, today appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy which sought to get to the bottom of the alleged disappearance of US$15 billion diamonds revenue.
However, Minister Mpofu was later excused from the hearing following his letter to the Speaker in which he requested that the Chairperson of the Portfolio committee Mr Temba Mliswa cannot quiz him on the matter at hand as he is conflicted.
Mliswa excused Minister Mpofu saying his complaint was being looked into by the Speaker and thereafter a way forward would be reached.
It emerged that government got a paltry $180 million with the taxman getting $94 million in diamonds revenue from the operations at the Marange diamond fields from 2010 to 2014 when a decision was made to consolidate operations.
This emerged at the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy hearing into the shady diamond mining operations which saw a record 6 former cabinet ministers four permanent secretaries, the Zimbabwe Republic Police command element and several other key officials presenting themselves for scrutiny.
The day long intensive inquiry zoomed in on the Gye-Nyame Mining Operations which involved ZMDC, ZRP and Ghanaian investors with the police accused of forcibly taking over total control of operations and diamond stock-piles by a partner Mr Itayi Munyeza who controlled a 30 percent stake together with Ghanaian partners.
ZRP Deputy Commissioner General Innocent Matibiri who stood in for Commissioner General Godwin Matanga said he was not aware of the Gye- Nyame Operations as this was controlled by the former police chief Dr Augustine Chihuri who did not present himself to parliament.
Mr Mliswa had to lecture former company secretary of Gye Nyame Mr Kenneth Maudzwa on the constitutionally ascribed role of parliament and the seriousness of the role of oversight.