Robert Mugabe. Picture: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe’s parliament on Monday backed down from its demand for former president Robert Mugabe to answer questions related to diamond mining operations during his time in office, Reuters reported. 

In what would have been his first public appearance since being ousted in a de facto military coup in November, parliament had wanted to question Mugabe about his pronouncements that the state had been deprived of at least $15 billion in revenue by mining companies operating in the eastern Marange gem fields.

- African News Agency (ANA)