By Gwendoline Mugauri
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy Hon Temba Mliswa has pressured President Emmerson Mnangagwa to decisively deal with corrupt ministers around him, who refute accountability probes – saying they should duly resign.
Recently, Minister of Home Affairs who is also the former Minister of Mines And Mining Development Obert Mpofu, caused commotion in parliament when he refused to answer questions about the alleged missing $15 billion diamond revenue.
Minister Mpofu who was appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy refused to answer any questions on the matter as long as committee chairperson Temba Mliswa was presiding.
In an interview with Capitalk FM News on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe Trade and Investment Expo and Conference official opening in Harare on Friday, Hon Mliswa said these corrupt officials were undermining parliamentary duties as well as operations of the state.
“I have always had a high regard for President Mnangagwa’s discharge of duty as a member of parliament, a vice president and now as president. The issue is not about his performance but the people around him who are failing to match with what he is doing,” said Hon Mliswa.
He continued: “I will not mince my words to say there are individuals who are refusing to be accountable for their actions. Why are they not allowing certain investigations to take place so that they are cleared of their allegations? The President sees them as allegations but honestly there is no smoke without fire!
“We do not want them to hinder the progress that the President is making, they must duly resign!”
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