The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and
Economic Empowerment has recommended criminal proceedings against the
former Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere, accusing him of criminal abuse of office.
The 30-member committee told the National Assembly today that Kasukuwere, who is now the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, was involved in deception and criminal abuse of office in the Zimunya Marange Community Share Ownership Scheme when a mining company presented dummy cheques to President Robert Mugabe.
The Committee also recommended that President Mugabe establish a commission of inquiry led by a judge or any other suitable candidate to investigate what it calls 'an intricate web of deceit, corruption and fraud,' in the establishment of the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust.
Prior to the presentation of the report, there was drama when members of parliament alleged the chair was colluding with the Clerk of Parliament to block the tabling of the findings. The Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona however refuted the claims and acceded to the presentation of the report.
The report also alleges that Jinan, a mining company in Marange Zimunya, externalised US$500 million.
It also accuses Minister Kasukuwere of seeking to exert influence in the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment even after being reassigned, while also misleading the nation that mining companies pledged US$10 million each to the community share ownership trust.