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11 march 2016
Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, has called for an impeachment of President Robert Mugabe as he is “no longer in full and effective control of the country”.
This follows revelations by Mugabe (92) last week that diamonds worth about $15 billion were mined in Marange since 2009, but the country only received close to $2 billion in revenue during the period.
“The MDC holds Mugabe and his entire Zanu PF regime solely and wholly responsible for the mess in Marange. We have stated it before, and we repeat it here and now, Mugabe is no longer in full and effective control of the country,” the opposition said.
“…in order to save Zimbabwe from a complete and irretrievable breakdown, the MDC calls upon parliamentarians, across the political divide, to do the patriotic and honourable thing of immediately impeaching Mugabe.”
However, calls for an impeachment plan would likely hit a cul-de-sac as Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party had a majority in Parliament.
MDC said revelations that billions worth of diamonds from Marange had not been accounted for was “astounding and startling, to say the least”.
“The MDC is extremely concerned with the opaqueness surrounding the diamond mining activities at Marange in Manicaland province,” the opposition said.
“It is more than apparent that right from the outset, the manner in which mining licences were awarded to the various mining companies at Marange/Chiadzwa lacked transparency and accountability. There was no public tender system that was instituted before the afore-mentioned diamond mining licences were awarded. Everything was done secretively and as a result, it was always going to be very difficult to enforce transparency and good corporate governance consistent with international best practice.”
Zimbabwe recently cancelled all licences that had been granted to various mining companies in Marange, except the wholly-owned Marange Resources.
“No rocket science is needed to appreciate the fact that there has been serious illicit financial flows from Zimbabwe emanating from the opaque and shadowy diamond mining operations in Chiadzwa over the years,” MDC concluded.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished