Diamond companies fooled me: Mugabe


By Bernard Chiketo

President Robert Mugabe has publicly admitted that he was fooled after being paraded holding up a $1,5 million dummy cheque by Chiadzwa diamond mining companies at the behest of then Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

President Robert Mugabe

Mugabe told thousands of youths at Sakubva Stadium that he was bitter after he handed over the dummy cheque to Zimunya-Marange Community Share Ownership Trust while promising them $50 million after he was informed that the then five mining companies had pledged $10 million each.

“They had me walk here holding a big board inscribed with a cheque that they later refused to honour. You still have that grievance.

“There was a misunderstanding between government and them until government resolved to take over the operations… once our operations improve we will fulfil that promise.

“I’m also bitter that a grown man like me, I’m made to parade a board (cheque) which doesn’t mean anything,” Mugabe said.

Parliamentary portfolio committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena recommended that Mugabe should establish a commission of enquiry led by a High Court judge to investigate Kasukuwere over the matter.

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.

Wadyajena claims all Cabinet ministers they interviewed who included Francis Nhema, Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidakwa, his predecessor Obert Mpofu, the then Manicaland governor Christopher Mushowe and diamond mining firms, professed ignorance about the existence of an agreement of $50 million pledge neither was there any documentation to that effect.

During the Mutare meeting and in response to a plea by Zanu PF Manicaland youth chairperson Mubuso Chinguno that locals were also hoping to benefit from the mining of diamonds in Chiadzwa, Mugabe, however, acknowledged that government operations had taken rather too long to produce returns.

“We took over everything from the Ghanaians, Lebanese, Chinese and South Africans who were running companies in Chiadzwa so that we do our own mining. But this has taken a rather long time,” Mugabe said.

Chinguno said young people were wary that diamonds were running out without any tangible benefits to locals.

“Youths are crying that diamonds are running out with locals having no benefits whatsoever,” Chinguno. Daily News

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  • where was your administration sir

  • Kkkkkk

  • He was not fooled, he is a fool.

  • Kikiki

  • Gona ana gona wake

  • Let the fools get fooled. Sitting and playing on top of diamonds for years, presented with a dummy cheque and now being promised an enquiry into the issue simply coz election is around the corner and you ululate your lungs out. So who is fooling who. But let the foolish be fooled.

  • You were closing your eyes in the diamond fields Shame!!! Political compagning gimmick after all the bloodshed

  • Unfortunately brother Robert people from manicaland are not fools , you can play those kid games in mashonaland east kuuzumbamarambapfungwe here they are going to show you the middle finger

  • That’s the reason we are demanding your retirement. Your responsive ability is now to slow to think and act at the same time. Retirement age of 65-68 years was set for a reason. You are almost 94 and still want to live like a teenager. No chance. Give up, rest and write memoirs for your only grandson to read about you in years to come…..

  • Represented by an old forgetful arsehole

  • Uri mhata mdhara

  • Aiwa ngaasatipedzera nguva ,Rob akaramba kuti vana veZim vadye madiamonds avo avanga vapiwa nemusiki aona kutambura.Akapa maChina nemaMinisters ake eZanu pf.Vana veZim vairohwa kafira mberi kumunda wediamond kuChiyadzwa uko.Shut up Bob!!!

  • U were fooled bcz u are too old for the office ,hona ikozvino wakusechesa nyika nema China ako nxaaa.Nzou wakakwidza ndege dzimwe dzirimhenyu dzimwe uchiendesa dziri nyanga,chokwadi vana vedu vachazobatanawo nei munyika yemadzibaba.

  • Dai makarega vana vevhu vakazvicherera muchitenga henyu than the Chinese who emptied our precious stones.Now diamond rakaenda angova makomba.Hope next time pakabuda zvimwe consider povo first

  • Zim always prepared for fire fighting than prevention

  • Hupenyu sekuru,makatenderedzwa nematsotsi,imi muri teacher wacho,dnt cry for your problems you started.

  • The spirit of lobengula still lives on

  • Musavharwa nekaharahwa ako kanoziva kwakaenda mari yemadiamonds. Karikuda mavotes chete after that hamukaoni futi. Kamusatanyoko kambwa! Tibvirepo undochinjwa pamper uko waita tsvina!

  • Nonsense, that’s why we need change coz you failed us long back

  • Shut up, you were part of the looting system

    • Mukanya

      Indeed!! he still part of the ruinous and murderous system that has brought this country to its knees.