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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s government, under fire for mismanaging the country’s diamond wealth in Chiadzwa, has finally informed companies mining the gem in Manicaland they will soon be dislodged from the area for dishonesty.

Government accuses the companies, some foreign, of denying the poor country of its dues through under-declaring proceeds from Marange.

The companies have been doing joint ventures with government to exploit the gem, which is abundant in Zimbabwe’s eastern periphery.

The firms, government says, have been conniving with corrupt locals it seconded to represent its interests through ZMDC to prejudice it of millions of revenue.

There are seven diamond miners in Chiadzwa: Anjin Investments, Diamond Mining Company, Gye Nyame, Jinan, Kusena, Marange Resources and Mbada Diamonds.

The decision to pull the rug from under the companies’ feet also comes after the firms have apparently refused to commit themselves to the said $10 million each towards government’s Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust.

Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa is said to have Wednesday met the beleaguered firms where he informed them “the changes were imminent”.

Anjin Investments, Jinan and Diamond Mining Company, said Chidhakwa, begged for more time as their chairpersons were said to be based abroad.

But the Mines minister they will be formally informed second week of May.

“We have invited the mining companies to discuss policy direction and to deal with the issue of consolidating financial and human resource issues,” said Chidhakwa.

“We also discussed legal issues and the issue of equipment.

“We are currently waiting for the Chinese (Anjin) to come because they said their chairman has to come from China and we are meeting them in the second week of May.”

Ordinary Zimbabweans would view the move, although quite welcome, as a late reaction to a problem that they have long raised.

NGOs have also accused Mugabe’s regime of misappropriating the country’s diamond wealth in Marange and working in carhoots with Asian nationals to plunder the resources.

Although the country is said to be sitting on one of the world’s richest diamond deposits, the majority citizens still wallow in poverty, with their government still failing to provide basic services such as clean water, health and education.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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