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Zim to ‘investigate’ Marange diamonds revenue loss

01 april 2016
The Zimbabwe government has said that it will soon investigate the disappearance of billions worth of Marange diamonds.
President Robert Mugabe recently said that Harare earned about $2 billion from $15 billion earned from the sale of Marange diamonds since 2009.
"Yes, we were given the instructions. We are appointing some companies to conduct a forensic audit of all the companies in order to establish how the companies mined the diamonds in the last five to six years depending on when they started operations," Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa was quoted as saying by New Zimbabwe.com.
He said the audit would look at how companies marketed their gems and establish how the funds were misappropriated.
"It's something that we are working on and soon the report will be out," said Chidhakwa.
Government recently cancelled permits of firms that were mining diamonds in Marange and formed the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC).
Companies such as Mbada and Anjin challenged Harare in the court over the seizure of their concessions.
However, the High Court granted a reprieve to Mbada to access and safeguard its properties at their mining concessions but not to mine the gems.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished