Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu — who has previously served in the Mines and Mining Development portfolio — could soon be on the radar of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) following Core Mining and Minerals (Private) Limited director Lovemore Kurotwi’s letter to the anti-graft body requesting that it investigates him over corruption.In the letter, copied to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Finance and Economic Development minister Patrick Chinamasa, Kurotwi says Zacc must “investigate the current minister of Home Affairs, . . .Mpofu over known corruption which he committed but which now seems to be swept under the carpet either for reasons of ignorance of the said corruption by the relevant authorities or reasons of impunity or both”.Kurotwi says the background to this corruption was when Core Mining and Minerals was given a concession to mine diamonds at Chiadzwa.He sensationally claimed before the concession was given, “Mpofu asked me for a bribe of $10 million”.Kurotwi had proceeded to take up the issue with then president Robert Mugabe in Mpofu’s presence “in a meeting called by . . .Mugabe to understand what was construed as acrimony between myself and . . .Mpofu.” “When I refused to give . . .Mpofu the $10 million bribe and after I reported to . . .Mugabe . . .Mpofu used his position of privilege to have me arrested on frivolous charges of fraud,” he alleged.As the case was playing out before the courts, developments considered sub-judice unfolded.First, 1,4 million carats of Core Mining’s diamonds which were in the company’s vaults in Mutare were confiscated.Secondly, $10,6 million which was in the custody of the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe was also seized while mining equipment worth $14 million was also confiscated.Kurotwi claims the mining equipment was initially used by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) under Marange Resources to mine diamonds in Chiadzwa and has since been transferred to the new entity, the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) which continues to illegally use the equipment to mine diamonds in Chiadzwa.Kurotwi was arrested in 2010, along with five executives from ZMDC after Mpofu alleged that the Core Mining boss had misrepresented that he was a representative of a special purpose vehicle of Benn Steinmertz Group Resources, a South Africa-based international firm that wanted to invest $2 billion in the Chiadzwa diamond fields.The Core Mining boss was eventually acquitted in May last year, prompting him to demand his equipment back.Kurotwi was a Zimbabwean representative of South African Core Mining and Minerals, in a 50-50 diamond mining joint venture with the Government of Zimbabwe — Canadile Miners — which later became defunct.The businessman lost $10 million in cash, as well as diamonds and equipment worth over $140 million when he was arrested.