Mugabe party official probed over $7.5 million bribe in diamond deal
HARARE (AFP) - The Zimbabwean police announced a probe on Friday into a top member of President Robert Mugabe's party on suspicion of soliciting a US$6 million (S$7.5 million) bribe from a Ghanaian investor in a diamond-mining deal.
"The case of corruption allegations against Mr Godwills Masimirembwa is receiving our attention and preliminary investigations are going on," police spokesman Charity Charamba said in a statement.
Mr Masimirembwa, a former board chairman for the state-owned diamond firm Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), is said to have demanded a bribe of US$6 million from Gye Nyame Resources.
The Ghanaian company had entered into a joint venture with ZMDC with a 30 per cent stake.