ZCDC Acting CEO Robert De Pretto reportedly tendered in his resignation due to family pressure, ZimMorning post reports. De Pretto’s resignation is coming amid reports that he was frustrated by the level of political interference at ZCDC.
When contacted for comment, De Pretto said:
Yes, I can confirm that. It is due to family pressure. I have not seen my family since January, and my wife is not well. It is, indeed, unfortunate that I had to leave ZCDC, but the well being of my family comes first.
However, a source that spoke to the publication said he resigned because he was frustrated:
He was frustrated by the continuous political interference. The government, through the Ministry of Mines, was imposing decisions on the operations of the company, so De Pretto felt he was no longer in full control of the company.
He was also frustrated by the fact that some secret companies which were well connected to top government officials were imposed to partner ZCDC in the mining of diamonds. This did not go down well with him. He had a vision for this company. He wanted to bring transparency and accountability, but unfortunately was never given the chance to do so.
De Pretto sometime this year told a workshop that he was shocked by the level of poverty and underdevelopment of communities in Chiyadzwa despite the area being endowed with the precious mineral. Efforts to get a comment from ZCDC spokesperson Sugar Chagonda were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.