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Zimbabwe parliament summons Mugabe over $15billion diamond looting

Zimbabwe parliament summons Mugabe over $15billion diamond looting

A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on May 9 over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars, underlining his dramatic fall from power after 37 years of autocratic rule.

Mugabe, now 94, ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 until he was ousted last year when the military took over briefly and his once-loyal ZANU-PF party lawmakers turned against him.

“We have set May 9 as the date on which he will give evidence,” Temba Mliswa, the mines and energy parliament committee chairman, told the Associated Press (AP).

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Mliswa added: “We met today (Thursday, April 19) as a committee and resolved that we invite the former President Mr Mugabe to our committee to explain the disappearance of $15 billion worth of diamonds.” gathered that the lawmakers plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost the $15 billion sum due to corruption and foreign exploitation in the diamond sector.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the legislators had earlier resolved to summon Mugabe but did not mention the date the former president would be summoned until Thursday, April 19 when Mliswa announced May 9 as the date of summoning.

The lawmaker said: "He was the president, and we want to know where he was getting the $15bn figure."

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Former ministers, former police chiefs and heads of several government departments have already been summoned by the committee.

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