Committee Doesn’t Plan to Investigate Mpofu Bribe Allegation

Zimbabwe’s parliamentary portfolio committee on mines says it has no plans to probe Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu over claims that he demanded a $10 million bribe from a diamond mining firm to facilitate a mining deal.

Committee chairman, Edward Chindori Chininga, yesterday said he was not aware of the letter allegedly written to Parliament by Lovemore Kurotwi, a director with Core Mining, claiming Minister Mpofu demanded a bribe to grant his firm concessions in Chiadzwa diamond fields.

Core Mining had partnered Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) to form Canadile before the joint venture collapsed on allegations the former misrepresented to the state that it had money to exploit diamonds in Marange when infact it was bankrupt. Some media reports had suggested that Mpofu was likely to face a Parliamentary probe on fraud allegations raised by Kurotwi.

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