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Text of report by privately-owned weekly newspaper The Zimbabwe Independent website on 23 July
[Report by Dumisani Muleya: "Chinamasa Exposed Over Mawere Saga"]
Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa has been caught out on his statements over the SMM Holdings (Pvt) Ltd dispute in which he claims that "there have been no discussions, absolutely, at any level whatsoever" between dispossessed business tycoon Mutumwa Mawere and government over the return of Mawere's seized companies.
Chinamasa's statements contained in adverts placed in newspapers this week have fuelled rising tensions within government over the handling of the SMM saga which has divided authorities. The issue could land Chinamasa in serious trouble as some of the parties in the quarrel now want parliament to investigate the issue amid allegations of looting and asset stripping.
The SMM conglomerate was seized by government from Mawere in 2004 on the pretext that the company was …