'Mineral proceeds used in running parallel govt'

BULAWAYO - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party is running a parallel government using proceeds from Zimbabwe’s rich mineral deposits, a Cabinet minister has alleged.

Gorden Moyo, the minister of Parastatals and State Enterprises in the shaky coalition government, told journalists in Bulawayo that money from diamond mining ventures in Marange was difficult to account for.

Moyo is also chairperson of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party in Bulawayo province.

He said national development was suffering as a result.

“There are no resources in this government and some of the resources that we have are used in parallel government because Zanu PF runs one,” said Moyo, who acted as Finance minister last month.

“Zanu PF runs a parallel government in the sense that the funds that are coming from Chiadzwa in Marange and other various platinum mineral sources in the country are not going to treasury,” he said.

He was briefing journalists after a closed-door meeting at MDC offices on Friday with the minister of Water Resources and Management Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and the Bulawayo City Council deputy mayor Amen Mpofu on challenges faced by residents.

“If those funds were coming to government, surely we would resolve issues of development. Zanu PF runs a parallel government where they have a parallel Finance minister who is holding on to all these funds from the mining sector,” the minister claimed.

Moyo said the coalition government was not helping “in any way”.

“We have policy inconsistencies. There are a number of policies that have been crafted and have not been implemented. This government is not helping,” he said.

It was not possible to get a comment from Zanu PF officials.

But the party has in the past accused Tsvangirai’s MDC of running a parallel government using donor funds sourced from the West.

Mines minister Obert Mpofu, a senior Zanu PF member, has also repeatedly refuted allegations by Finance minister Tendai Biti that some firms mining in Chiadzwa are not remitting taxes to government and that they are closely linked to Zanu PF.

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