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Zimbabwean politician dies in mysterious car accident
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Jun 21, 2013 09:32pm|
|Author||The Africa Report|
|News Date||Saturday, June 22, 2013 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||A top official of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party, who recently released a report detailing corruption in the diamond mining sector, died Wednesday night in a mysterious car crash. |
Edward Chindori-Chininga, a former mines minister, chaired the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy when it released a report claiming millions of dollars in taxes paid by companies mining diamonds had vanished.
Police say Chindori-Chininga died on the spot after his car rammed into a tree. However, other passengers in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.
Last year, Chindori-Chininga survived another crash after his Mercedes Benz collided with a truck killing one person and injuring several others.
Politicians dying in suspicious car accidents during election period are common in Zimbabwe.
Barely a week before his death, the Zanu PF official chaired a heated parliamentary committee meeting that fearlessly exposed massive looting of Chiadzwa diamond revenue.
In his report, Chindori-Chininga said serious discrepancies were discovered between what the diamond firms claimed to have paid in local taxes and what the treasury had received.
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