By Daniel Chigundu
PRAYER Network Zimbabwe (PNZ) says there are no resources to be proud of in the country as is being advocated through the widely condemned National Pledge.
Speaking against the recently introduced National School Pledge and banning of the Lord’s Prayer in schools, PNZ founder and Transform Zimbabwe President Jacob Ngarivhume said the country’s resources were looted and there is no justifiable reason to be proud of them through a pledge.
“There is a clause on the pledge which says we are proud inheritors of national resources, our question is which resources because we were told that national resources worth US$15billion were stolen.
“There are no more national resources left to be proud of, this is one of the reasons why as PNZ we are saying the National School Pledge must go and we will not rest until it is done,” said Ngarivhume.
A few months ago President Robert Mugabe stunned the nation when he revealed that the country had lost about US $15 billion through shoddy deals in the diamond mining sector.
The revelation saw Government cancelling diamond mining licences of various companies that were operating in Chiadzwa opting to consolidate diamond mining activities.
Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa told Parliament a few weeks ago that although diamond loss was pegged at US$15billion, investigations are still ongoing to determine the real quantum of the loss suffered.
During the time of the Inclusive Government then Finance Minister Tendai Biti was on record and on several occasions complaining that revenue from diamond mining was not reaching treasury, but was told to keep his hands off the diamond issue by them Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
Despite owing 50 percent shareholding in every diamond mining company in Chiadzwa, Government did not benefit anything from the proceeds for their shareholding.
The US $15 billion had it been accounted for would have gone a long way it helping the country out of its economic problems which has seen finance minister Patrick Chinamasa and President Mugabe globetrotting with a begging bowl but returning empty at every attempt.
According to Chinamasa the country requires about US $10 billion to revive most sectors of the economy.