Articles tagged 'diamonds'

Losing MDC MP up for illicit $370k diamond deals 21 August 2018 MUTARE - MDC Alliance losing candidate for Chimanimani West Canaan Matiashe has been dragged before a magistrate here facing a $370 000 money laundering charge involving illicit diamond dealings. Matiashe denied the charges when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe, who freed him on $300...
Chinese firm Anjin loses Chiadzwa court battle 30 June 2018 HARARE - Chinese firm Anjin Investments (Private) Limited (Anjin) has lost a Constitutional Court application in which it sought the nullification of a 2016 government directive expelling it from the diamond-rich Chiadzwa fields. This comes after Anjin filed the application, seeking the direct...
'Zanu PF concealed stake in diamond mining firm' 27 June 2018 HARARE - Campaign group Global Witness has said the report of Zimbabwe's parliamentary enquiry into missing diamond revenues detailing some of the hidden interests in the country's multi-billion dollar diamond industry, notably the security services, has fundamental gaps which suggest that full d...
Robert Mugabe faces arrest . . . as Parly issues final order 29 May 2018 HARARE - Ousted former president Robert Mugabe risks going to jail for continuing to ignore directives by Parliament to give evidence on the disappearance of $15 billion diamond revenue, with the august body yesterday issuing him with a final ultimatum failure of which he will face the consequenc...
Mugabe faces arrest 29 May 2018 HARARE - Ousted former president Robert Mugabe risks going to jail for continuing to ignore directives by Parliament to give evidence on the disappearance of $15 billion diamond revenue, with the august body yesterday issuing him with a final ultimatum failure of which he will face the consequenc...
Victory for Mbada 21 May 2018 HARARE - The Supreme Court has shut the door on the government-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) after throwing out its appeal, in which it challenged a High Court order barring it from selling diamonds belonging to Grandwell Holdings (Grandwell) in the Chiadzwa mining fields. ...
Bonyongwe defends Chinese crook 15 May 2018 HARARE - Former Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) director-general Happyton Bonyongwe has defended Chinese businessman Sam Pa, arguing he had no criminal record when they engaged him for a business partnership. Sam Pa provided funding and material to the CIO in return for access to Zimba...
Parly delays Mugabe's questioning 9 May 2018 HARARE - Former President Robert Mugabe will not appear before Zimbabwe's Parliament as scheduled today to answer questions on diamond mining operations, a legislator said. Temba Mliswa, who leads the parliamentary committee on Mines, said the clerk of Parliament hadn't written to Mugabe to in...
Trouble brews for Mugabe, Mnangagwa 14 April 2018 HARARE – Zimbabwe's costly military adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) two decades ago continues to haunt the country, with a group of retired soldiers now accusing ousted former president Robert Mugabe and top military chiefs of looting rich diamond mines that were allegedly giv...
Woman jailed 5 years for $10 diamonds 12 April 2018 MUTARE - A 34 year old Mutasa woman has been jailed five years for illegal possession of $10 worth of diamonds. Abigal Muchesa of Village 10 under Chief Mutasa was convicted on her own plea of guilt by magistrate Tendai Mahwe. Five years is the minimum mandatory sentence for unlawfully deal...
“Police destroyed diamond miner” 12 April 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) played a crucial role in destroying diamond mining firm Gye Nyame Resources (Gye Nyame) after they looted the company's diamonds worth over $10 million, people familiar with the matter has said. Gye Nyame is one of the six companies that were merged ...
'Chihuri looted diamonds worth millions of dollars' 10 April 2018 HARARE - Former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri allegedly seized a vault containing diamonds worth millions of dollars belonging to a company that was in partnership with the cops before he forcibly took its claim in the gem rich Chiadzwa fields, Parliament heard yesterday. Chihu...
Mohadi faces grilling over diamonds 7 April 2018 HARARE - Vice President Kembo Mohadi will on Monday lead a team of serving and retired Cabinet ministers and security chiefs, respectively, in giving evidence on how police and the military were awarded licences to mine diamonds in the gem-rich Marange area. The other high-profile officials in...
Zim govt's diamond miner plans $20m investment 5 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) – a wholly-owned State enterprise formed after the merger of seven miners in the country’s gem-rich Chiadzwa fields – is planning a $20 million investment this year after nearly doubling production in 2018's first quarter. The miner ...
Mpofu opens up on his wealth 23 March 2018 HARARE - Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu yesterday opened up for the first time on the source of his wealth, claiming he earned all that he has through hard work. Read full story in today's paper. [Adz]
EASTERN NEWS | Families flee Arda Transau 15 March 2018 MUTARE - ARDA Transau — a State-owned farm-turned-residential area for people displaced by mining activities in the rich Chiadzwa diamond fields, where the country’s political elite and securocrats are accused of minting billions — has been an embarrassing paradox, a paragon of poverty. After ...
Villagers want end to diamond fields terror 1 March 2018 HARARE - Marange villagers have petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured, and Parliament to help lift restrictions imposed on their movement in 2009 which they claim has exposed them to abuse by security forces and guards at the government-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCD...
Mpofu's behaviour erodes trust in ED's govt 28 February 2018 HARARE - People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening! I found the above, which I read from the weekly e-mail bulletin shared with thousands of people by Kubatana.net. The statement is full of irony but very rich when deducted from a non-emotional point of view. I ha...
Heat on govt over Mpofu 27 February 2018 HARARE - Nearly a month after receiving a dossier on former Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu's purported corruption, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is ducking and diving on the issue, bringing into question its commitment in tackling bigwigs who are part of the go...
Laughter as Mpofu says govt won't tolerate graft 26 February 2018 BULAWAYO - Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu has said the new dispensation has zero tolerance for corruption, amid calls for him to quit over an allegation that he demanded a bribe of $10 million for a licence to mine in the verdant Chiadzwa diamond fields. The scandal threatens to weaken Pres...
Mpofu Parly probe over missing $15bn postponed 20 February 2018 HARARE - Parliament has postponed the hearing of Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu summoned to answer to the controversy surrounding the missing diamond revenue estimated at a staggering $15 billion. Parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy chairperson Temba Mliswa said Mpofu, who...
Missing $15 billion haunts minister 1 January 2018 HARARE – Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, who superintended over the Mining ministry during the heydays of harvesting diamonds from the gems-rich Chiadzwa fields is to be hauled before Parliament to explain the alleged missing $15 billion worth of the precious stones — as the government hunts f...
ZCDC employee denied bail 31 December 2017 HARARE - A Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) employee who allegedly connived with his workmates and manipulated security and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and exchanged fake gems for original ones without detection was denied bail yesterday. In the process, the ZCDC lost diamonds...
Diamond miner loses $500k in scam 29 December 2017 HARARE - A group of Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) employees allegedly connived and manipulated Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) and exchanged fake gems for original ones without detection. In the process, the ZCDC lost diamonds worth more than $500 000, the court was told yester...
Relief for arrested foreign nationals 12 November 2017 MUTARE - Twenty one foreign nationals and prominent local rights activist Farai Maguwu were yesterday spared jail by a Mutare magistrate who fined them for trespassing following their arrest on Friday for holding commemorations of illegal miners killed a decade ago during the country’s diamond ru...