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Controversial diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa field are said to have been smuggled as far as Guyana and Sierra Leone.
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) said in a report that Zimbabwe showed a wide variety of “serious” problems ranging from smuggling and illegal seizure of diamond leases to denial of “easily verifiable” murder and human rights abuse in its diamond fields.
“In 2009, Zimbabwean industrial diamonds, easily identified by their size and colour, showed up as far afield as Guyana and Sierra Leone,” PAC said.
It blasted the Kimberley Process (KP) of ignoring illegal activities taking place in Zimbabwe and other diamond-producing countries.
 “If low-value diamonds like these travel that far and that easily in search of a laundry, it is clear than high value goods have even greater range and speed,” it said.
PAC said KP had done nothing to stop a thriving illegal diamond market in Mozambique’s Manica town which is supplied with gems smuggled out of Zimbabwe by “army and government officials”.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished from Namibia