FORMER Mines minister Obert Mpofu got himself a lifeline this Monday after he delayed his interrogation by the legislature’s mines committee by appealing to the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda.
According to NewZimbabwe, Mpofu was requested to leave the Senate room immediately by committee chair Temba Mliswa.
The minister wrote a letter written to Mudenda requesting that Mliswa be removed from chairing the committee when he appears to explain how diamonds were ‘looted’ in Marange.
“The Speaker informed me yesterday about the letter that you have written to him pertaining to the reason why I cannot chair while you are there,” said Mliswa without sharing its contents.
He added, “That letter is receiving due attention. The committee has issued its recommendations to the speaker.”
Mpofu is considered a key witness in the parliamentary investigation on what happened with the Marange diamonds.
In February, the minister refused to give evidence before the committee, arguing that Mliswa had preconceived ideas about him.
He claimed independent Norton MP had on several occasions maligned him on social media.