Mugabe was misled over $100m Chinese facility, officials reveal – report

2018-10-26 08:00
Robert Mugabe (File: AFP)

Robert Mugabe (File: AFP)

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Zimbabwean mines officials have reportedly revealed that they misled former president Robert Mugabe in 2016 about "the Chinese setting up a $100 million facility to support small-scale miners".

According to the privately-owned NewsDay, this was disclosed after a Movement for Democratic Change lawmaker, Prosper Mutseyami demanded answers in Parliament about the $100 million facility support to the small scale miners.

The opposition lawmaker, asked whether the $100 million equipment facility announced by Mugabe in the State of the National Address that year was released and to who, the report said.

But, mines ministry director of finance, Morgan Makina, said the Chinese facility never materialised.

Dummy cheque

"Yes, the $100 million facility never materialised because after it was agreed with the Chinese, they then demanded that government pays for insurance and freight of the equipment and that is where it ended," Makina was quoted as saying.

This was not the first time that Mugabe was misled by government officials. 

In 2013, Mugabe was made to present a $10 million dummy cheque to the Chiadzwa Community Share Ownership Trust, which also never materialised.

The then youth development, indigenisation and empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere  accused companies mining diamonds in Chiadzwa at the time of being dishonest and disrespectful of the community they operated in, reported the sate-owned Herald newspaper.

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