The MDC has described as unfortunate and inaccurate remarks by MDC Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Murisi Zwizwai, that there were no killings in the Chiadzwa mining area of Manicaland province.
In a statement the party said the remarks were premature and inaccurate in the absence of an investigation into the murky dealings in the Chiadzwa diamond fields where a lot of things happened out of the public eye. Zwizwai’s claims are therefore fact-hostile and evidence-free.
‘The MDC calls on the inclusive government and Parliament to commission an investigation into the goings-on in Chiadzwa. We believe that a thorough investigation will enable the inclusive government to come clean on what really transpired before senior government officials seek refuge in denial.’
‘Zimbabweans are only aware that whatever happened at Chiadzwa remains shrouded in secrecy. There is no public information as to how much the country has accrued from the diamond fields where ordinary Zimbabweans were displaced to make way for politically-connected fat cats and politicians. There are unconfirmed allegations of mass graves and massive looting which cannot be easily dismissed in the absence of an investigation.’
‘The MDC is a party of excellence. We remain true and committed to our Constitutional values of honesty, transparency and accountability. We believe that Hon Zwizwai’s statement remains misleading, unfortunate and inaccurate before a public report is tabled before the nation on what really transpired in Chiadzwa.’
‘We therefore call upon Parliament and the inclusive government to set a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and lay bare the facts of what is obtaining in Chiadzwa,’ the statement read.