Zimbabwe High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu has summoned former Mines Minister Obert Mpofu who is now Transport Minister to court on allegations that he demanded $10 million bribe to clear a diamond mining deal.
Core Mining and Mineral Resources Private Limited director Lovemore Kurotwi who is facing charges of prejudicing Zimbabwe government of $2 billion in diamond revenue told the court that he was being punished for refusing to give Mpofu a $10 million bribe.
However High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, described the allegations against former Mines Minister Mpofu who is now Transport Minister in Zimbabwe government as “grave and advised National Prosecuting Authority to bring him to court on July 23.”
Kurotwi and chief executive officer of state owned mining company ZMDC, Dominic Mubaiwa were arrested on allegations of lying to Zimbabwe government that Core Mining was a special purpose investment vehicle of an international recognised mining giant BSRG.
On the basis of that advice, the government, through ZMDC partnered Core Mining to establish Canadile Miners for the exploitation diamonds in Zimbabwe diamonds fields of Chiadzwa therefore prejudicing government $2 billion diamonds revenue.