London based anti-corruption group, Global Witness has released a report in which it accuses the country’s top security people and political leaders of having looted the Marange diamonds. Some of the key findings from the report are as follows:
Mbada Diamonds held the largest concession in Marange, yet the identity of the owner of a 25 per cent stake in this lucrative asset has remained a closely guarded secret. Global Witness has found mounting evidence to suggest that Robert Mhlanga, a retired member of Zimbabwe’s security forces, ally of the ruling party, and alleged former Presidential pilot, stands behind the hidden share.
Diamond Mining Corporation (DMC) was formed as joint venture by the Government of Zimbabwe with a private investor. This is despite evidence suggesting that the individuals behind the company were involved in extensive smuggling of Marange diamonds for several years before diamonds could be legally exported under the Kimberley Process.
You can download the full report here.
Marange are is located in the mountainous border town of Mutare under Manicaland province in Zimbabwe. Marange is traditionally administered by the Marange chieftaincy. It is located about 100 km south-west of Mutare city. The area is predominantly home to the Manyika speaking Marange people. Marange came to prominence between 2002 and 2003 when the first diamond fields were discovered in the Chiadzwa area. Read More