Tsvangirai takes dig at Obert Mpofu

MDC-T President, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Saturday blasted the Mines and Mining Development Minister, Obert Mpofu, for failing to account for revenue generated at the Marange diamond mines.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

Addressing an estimated crowd of 50 000 people at a campaign rally at White City stadium in Bulawayo, Tsvangirai questioned the source of money in Mpofu’ s growing business empire that includes banking, properties and game.

“Obert Mpofu now literally owns Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. On top of that he also owns a bank. Where is he getting all the money to buy these assets?” asked Tsvangirai.

Mpofu is now the major shareholder in ZABG and there is speculation that he is set to take over the now defunct The Mail newspaper.

Tsvangirai said he and President Robert Mugabe recently summoned Mpofu and Finance Minister Tendai Biti to get an explanation as to how diamond revenue was being used.

“During the meeting it was clear that the bulk of the diamond revenue is not going to Treasury. Mpofu was at pains to explain where the money is going .The MDC government will not accept this situation where a few people are only benefitting from the country’s natural resources,” said Tsvangirai.

He added that the MDC government would not tolerate corruption in council, government and parliament.

“Everywhere, there is corruption. You cannot get any service in government departments without paying for it. An MDC government will give the Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission the powers to arrest and prosecute corrupt people,” he said.

Tsvangirai outlined his party’s policies and stressed that the MDC government would separate party business from government.

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