Who is Brian Mushowe?

HARARE - The saga surrounding the community share ownership scheme in the diamond-rich Marange fields has taken a new twist with Parliament launching an investigation to establish if a minister’s  brother is involved with a mining firm extracting gems in the province.

Parliamentary portfolio community on Indigenisation and Empowerment suspects Jinan board member, Brian Mushowe, is the brother of Christopher Mushowe, the minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland.

The minister was named as one of the key Zanu PF officials benefitting at the expense of the Marange Zimunya Community Share Trust (MZCSOT) by one of the diamond firms which alleged it had opened a bank account with him.

“Legislators here are convinced that you are aware Brian is related to the minister but you are choosing to hide it from us.

“Should investigations by this committee establish that you deliberately chose to be untruthful about this matter, we will not hesitate to prefer contempt of Parliament charges against you,” the committee’s feisty  chairman Justice Mayor Wadyajena warned Jinan deputy director, Zachius Ncube during the hearing on the firm’s operations and commitment to the community share ownership trust.

Ncube who was struggling to respond to MPs’ questions was roasted left, right and centre by the lawmakers after he failed to profile members of his company’s board chaired by Beauty Moyo from Midlands Province.

Brian Mushowe is one of the board members along with Casper Khumalo and Sharon Zhanero.

“Although I hold meetings with them I am not quite informed about their backgrounds since they are appointed by the Indigenisation minister.

“Sometimes we go into meetings but we do not get to know everyone because we interface with several people,” Ncube told the committee.

MPs suspected that Ncube was concealing important information from them and were convinced that Brian was brother to the minister or a relative.

Parliament was also informed that Jinan whose shareholding structure is a 50-50 with locals had been exempted from complying with the country’s indigenisation laws for three years.

Ncube said his company was prepared to pay two percent of their net profit as part of the contribution to the MZCSOT.

He, however, said Jinan, just like the other four mining firms which appeared before the same committee last week, told legislators that his company had never committed itself to paying $10 million to the trust.

He said Jinan was not yet in existence when the pledges were allegedly made.

Ncube said Jinan would honour the two percent contribution according to a joint venture agreement signed between locals and a Chinese investor.

He added that should the company make a loss, there would be nothing for the community.

“We will be able to pay at the end of next month depending on the profits we will have made because we are obliged to pay 2 percent of our net profit,” said Ncube adding that the delay in honouring the agreement was that the diamond miner had not made any sales until December last year.

“We only got into the market in December 2013 on an experimental basis and it did not yield much. However, the January market was better and it is from those sales that we hope to pay up”

Comments (4)

Can't these people check the origins of these Mafia from The Registrar Office.Is it that difficult to obtain the Long Birth Certificate.This is a circus,in fact we have clowns running the country at the moment.

Guranyanga - 16 March 2014

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 17 March 2014

The best way to go is to have one and at most two companies mining the diamonds. Also, I don't think these community share ownership schemes thing is the best way as it is open to manipulation by greedy community leaders and government officials. The mining companies should instead build schools, clinics, roads, bridges, pay taxes to the government, employ local youths and train them to give them skills.

Sinikiwe Shumba - 17 March 2014

zvitete anoziva zvaanocha anenyaya dzake sabhuku ava .ngabvunziswe vanodura zvakawanda,

mubocha - 18 March 2014

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