Zimbabwe: Diamonds controlled by new group of ZANU PF hardliners

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
23 August 2010

The intrigues in Zimbabwe’s power politics have taken a new turn with the emergence of a powerful group that is said to be in control of the country’s diamond riches. They are allegedly using the proceeds of the sale of the diamonds to enrich the ZANU PF party coffers.

SW Radio Africa can reveal that this coterie of hardliners is comprised of retired senior military officers all with close links to ZANU PF. The group has effectively taken control of the diamonds, from mining in Chiadzwa to the final sale of the gems at the new Zimbabwe Diamond and Technology Centre in Mt Hampden, just outside Harare.

There’s the first group of hardliners led by cabinet ministers and top civil servants. This group consists of Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and [continue reading]

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