Mbada hands police $1,5m block

HARARE - Mbada Diamonds yesterday handed over a new $1,5 million state-of-the-art police accommodation block at the Harare International Airport that it built and furnished.

Mbada chairperson Robert Mhlanga handed the accommodation block to police chief Augustine Chihuri at an event attended by top cops and senior airport officials.

Mbada is a 50-50 joint venture between private investors and the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC).

The accommodation block is for ZRP Support Unit details who man Mbada Diamonds’ offices at the Sorting and Valuation Centre at the Harare International Airport.

Chihuri said it was a fantastic addition to airport police.

“It is an inspiring gesture of social responsibility by Mbada,” Chihuri said. “This will go a long way in addressing problems of accommodation here at the airport. It is something to be proud of.”

The ZRP accommodation block is fully furnished with leather sofas, 2x10 dining-room suites and 51inch plasma TV and a PVR decoder fully subscribed for a year.

It has beds for officers on duty complete with ironing boards and steel cabinets to hang their clothes.

The kitchen is fully furnished with an industrial stove and the latest double-door fridge. Mbada also installed a 15KVA generator and a borehole at the block.

“I am sure you will agree with me that this level of responsibility is historic,” said George Manyaya, Mbada Diamonds’ corporate services executive.

Chihuri said: “I haven’t seen accommodation for officers at any airport anywhere in this world like this so far.”

Manyaya said Mbada diamonds was accelerating its national duty of letting diamonds sweat for the people.
“All our efforts are guided by the need to harness diamonds for the people,” he said.

Mhlanga said Mbada was going to liberate the country economically.

“Ours as a business is to ensure that whatever business we do in this country is not meant for the benefit of individuals as people would like to speculate,” Mhlanga said.

“Ko unonokama mombe wotadza kumwawo here? (Can you milk a cow and fail to take a cup of milk?) So it’s given but then you don’t drink the whole milk.”

Chihuri said he had made several futile appeals for assistance for the police force from Finance minister Tendai Biti but said Mbada had swiftly responded to their plea for help.

The police chief asked Godwills Masimirembwa, ZMDC chairperson, to give Mbada Diamonds three more diamond mining concessions so that it can engage in more beneficial social responsibility programmes.

Manyaya said they were grateful to the police for the security they were providing at the Harare International Airport.

“Our diamond fields and sorting offices are professionally secured by the ZRP and this is part of the reasons why we are KP compliant,” he said.

International diamond watchdog the Kimberley Process (KP) certified the diamond mining company to sell gems from the Marange fields on the international market last year.

Manyaya said their relationship with the ZRP was blossoming with each passing day.

He said they have entered several strategic alliances with the police, including during the recently held commissioner’s gala, commissioner general’s funfair and providing monthly food rations, vehicles and fuel for the teams in Chiadzwa. - Gift Phiri

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