Generals Posing As Miners Corrupting Zimbabwe Diamond Industry

Mining and Exploration
19/08/2015 15:01

Farai Maguwu, outspoken human right activist and director of the Centre for Natural Resources Governance, says that the Zim diamond sector is not thriving because government has allowed military people out of barracks to pose as miners in Marange. “We have left generals to come and pose as miners. We have sidelined the experts. If you go around the region you find the mining sector is being managed by Zimbabweans. Botswana, Angola and South African diamond sectors are thriving because of Zimbabweans,” he told a mining congress organized by Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA) recently. The Marange diamond sector is run by the Chinese, army generals and Central Intelligence Operatives (CIO).

“When we talk of Marange, it is corruption from beginning to end. Most of the companies in Chiadzwa are just shelf companies that have no track record in mining. Because they are not miners they have not invested in anything. They only harvested in everything. They don’t have the equipment or technology to venture into kimberlitic mining,” said Maguwu. He added that, “The mining business has nothing to do with the government of Zimbabwe. It has to do with the ruling elite and powerful military generals."