Published On: Wed, Oct 26th, 2016

Kasukuwere investigated over diamonds money theft

 After we reported last week that Minister Kasukuwere could face the music over his past  well known corrupt acts, there is now a greater possibility that he may be prosecuted following calls to the police and anti-corruption body  to investigate Zimbabwe’s  Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere over possible abuse of office and misleading President Mugabe about a $50 million pledge ostensibly made by Chiadzwa diamond firms towards the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust, parlimentarians have said.

The parliamentary portfolio committee chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena recommended that President Mugabe should establish a commission of enquiry led by a High Court judge to investigate the “intricate web of deceit,” by Minister Kasukuwere.

The committee’s report was tabled yesterday following more than two years of inquiry that entailed holding meetings with other Cabinet Ministers, representatives of diamond firms, Marange communities among others.

In tabling the report, Wadyajena said it was important to note that his committee comprised of 30 legislators, 21 of whom were from Zanu-PF while others were from MDC-T.

The report noted that President Mugabe was made to preside over the launch of the trust in Marange where he was presented a dummy cheque of $1,5 million purportedly coming from one of the diamond firms when no agreement had been reached between the concerned companies. Neither were there documents showing such a consensus.

Kasukuwere belongs to a G40 faction that has been placed under investigation by a rival and more formidable Lacoste team led by Justice Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He is yet to respond to the Marange allegations.

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