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De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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Zim military accused of smuggling diamonds

22 january 2009

Some members of the Zimbabwe National Army that were deployed late last year  to remove and protect the vast Chiadzwa diamond fields from illegal miners are being accused of looting the precious stones.
Reports coming from the troubled southern African country say the Zimbabwean soldiers were allegedly forcing villagers to routinely dig for the diamonds on their behalf.
"They have a duty roster of villagers from Marange, who are supposed to report to them early in the morning to dig for the diamonds from Chiadzwa," a villager was quoted as saying by a United Nations news agency, IRIN.
The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition last week renewed calls for the suspension of Zimbabwe from the rough diamond certification scheme.
Zimbabwe claimed last year before it drove out illegal miners from the Chiadzwa diamond fields that the smuggling of the precious stones was costing the country USD1, 2-billion a month.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished from Zimbabwe