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Robert Mugabe Skips $15 Billion Diamond Hearing Because '9 AM Is Too Early'

Robert Mugabe Skips $15 Billion Diamond Hearing Because '9 AM Is Too Early'

Former Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe skipped a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday investigating $15 billion worth of lost diamonds because the nine o’clock start was allegedly a “bit too early” in the morning for him.

Mugabe, 94, was scheduled to give evidence on corruption in the diamond mining industry at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning but failed to show up, meaning the hearing was adjourned until Monday.

The inquiry was set up in light of comments made by Mugabe that Zimbabwe had lost $15 billion in diamond revenue because of corruption and foreign meddling, but has since dismissed the figure as “urban legend.”

“Companies that have been mining diamonds have robbed us of our wealth,” Mugabe was quoted as saying in 2016.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 until last November, when he was ousted in a military coup by his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has pledged to hold elections later this year expected to be won easily by his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party.

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