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MDC MP who was set to reveal truth of diamond murders to KP jailed

03 july 2009

Zimbabwe’s SW Radio Africa reports that an MDC MP who was set to reveal the truth about the mass murders in the Marange diamond fields last year to the visiting Kimberley Process (KP) review team was jailed for seven years, on “trumped-up charges”.
The radio reported that Shuah Mudiwa’s Mutare West constituency covered the Marange diamond fields where the alleged killings of 200 diamond diggers occurred.
The KP delegation started its probe on Monday into the human rights violations at the diamond fields.
The Radio noted that several other people who had been lined up to meet the delegation over the alleged Marange massacre were being harassed and intimidated, making it incerasingly unlikely the group would be able to establish the truth.
Global Witness’s Amy Barry told SW Radio Africa that Mudiwa's jail sentence was “extremely disappointing and very concerning”.
“The promised transparency by the Zimbabwean government is clearly not forthcoming,” Barry was quoted as saying. “There is a great need for the government to cooperate with this delegation.”
Barry also noted that if KP fails to act after this delegation leaves Zimbabwe, then their crediblity would be severely damaged.
Zimbabwe had been accused of trading in blood diamonds as a result of the Marange murders, and the responsibility has fallen on the Kimberley Process to intervene.
KP chairperson Bernard Esau said last week that there was no evidence of alleged gross human rights violations at the Marange diamonds fields in Zimbabwe.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished from Namibia