Jonathan Moyo reveals where
missing Diamond money went
HARARE – Higher Education minister
Jonathan Moyo has sensationally claimed that
some top government officials looted diamond
money and splashed it on “rural castles”.
Moyo — who is being fingered as a
beneficiary of the shady land deals allegedly
involving Local Government minister Saviour
Kasukuwere in documents whose authenticity
has not been confirmed — yesterday came
out guns blazing, threatening to expose
those behind the diamonds looting spree.
His threats to spill the beans come at a time
when long-suffering Zimbabweans are
demanding answers on how the ruling Zanu
PF used revenue generated from sales of the
gems — discovered in Chiadzwa, Manicaland,
nearly a decade ago.
Responding to comments on Twitter that he
received 70 hectares of land in a land scam
that has triggered a fresh war in the
burning Zanu PF party, the Zanu PF
politburo member said some people had hired
“running dogs” to smear his image.
“Lies about 70ha are peanuts compared to
the truth on unaccounted $500 million
diamond loot to give but one example!” Moyo
“…there are stories that some of them built
rural castles with diamond loot!” he said,
adding that people must not be misled by
Several officials linked to the Team Lacoste
faction, including Vice President Emmerson
Mnangagwa, have built monstrous mansions
in their rural homes.
“It is common cause diamonds were stolen
big time and some diamond thieves want to
hide by smearing their opponents,” Moyo
retorted to accusations that he was
procedurally given land in Harare by
Kasukuwere, who is also linked to the G40
“Where were 70ha actually allocated to me or
stolen by me except in the minds or memos of
stinking idiots? It’s a shame murderers and
mega diamond thieves reckon they can rely on
forgeries…to smear opponents!” Moyo said.
His rant appears to follow the same trail of
what Kasukuwere said on Monday that there
is a sinister plot by members of the Team
Lacoste faction to malign his image.
Both Kasukuwere and Moyo are seen as vital
cogs in the G40 faction that is bent on
blocking Mnangagwa’s ascendence to the
Moyo added: “Yes we know them and their
running dogs and they know themselves very
In February this year, President Robert
Mugabe claimed that Zimbabwe had not
realised much from its diamond mining
activities, revealing that at least $15 billion
could not be accounted for.
“We have not received much from the
diamond industry at all. I don’t think we
have exceeded $2 billion, yet we think more
than $15 billion has been earned.
“Lots of smuggling and swindling has taken
place and the companies that have been
mining, I want to say, robbed us of our
wealth,” Mugabe said, justifying
nationalisation of diamond firms.