Diamond cash tears Zanu PF

MUTARE - Zanu PF has opened an investigation into possible looting of cash donated to the party by some firms mining diamonds in Marange.

It is a case that could open a can of worms, but so far, the probe is centering on the party’s Manicaland provincial chairperson Mike Madiro, although bigger fish are reportedly involved.

Madiro is under investigation for allegedly receiving an undisclosed amount of money from some diamond mining companies in Marange under the guise of assisting youths to set up incoming generating projects.

He is alleged to have diverted the money for his own use.

Party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa confirmed a probe was underway.

“Yes, the party is investigating the allegations that are being levelled against him. We are expecting the findings before the end of the week,” said Mutasa.

Madiro rubbished the reports.

He told the Daily News in a brief telephone interview that he had nothing to do with the alleged investigation by his party.

“I have no comment, as my comment will not add any value to the party Zanu PF which I belong to,” Madiro said.

He added he was unaware that he was under any investigation from anyone on anything.

Sources within Zanu PF say the under fire Manicaland chairperson is being investigated by officials from within his party for suspected misappropriation of funds running into thousands of dollars.

Mutasa would not say more on the matter stating that they will wait for the outcome of the probe, which would be made public.

Madiro is the latest senior Zanu PF official to come under probe following the sacking of the party’s Manicaland provincial youth chair Tawanda Mukodza who was accused of failing to account for youths’ projects money.

Kelvin Manyengavana replaced Mukodza.

Mukodza’s ouster in December has since been endorsed by the party in Manicaland province.

He was accused of also not accounting for money meant for youth projects.

The matter is still in the hands of the party and no police report has been made yet, sources say.

The Zanu PF national secretary for youth affairs Absalom Sikhosana last week upheld Mukodza’s sacking on allegations of corruption, nepotism, insubordination and fanning divisions within the party.

But Mukodza is adamant he is still the party’s youth leader. Mukodza said Sikhosana, as an individual, had no power to endorse his ouster from the party.

“I am party cadre who will not relent to work for the party and act on what appears in newspapers. As far as I know, I have not received that letter and I remain the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chair. Sikhosana is not a member of the party’s disciplinary committee, which is supposed to deal with such alleged issues,” said Mukodza. - Sydney Saize

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