Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Christopher Mushohwe and Minister of Mines and Mining Development Walter Chidhakwa, have accused the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers stationed in Marange, of colluding with criminals to allow them access to the Chiadzwa diamond fields. Speaking at a tombstone erection ceremony where villagers were reburying their relatives, Chidhakwa said:
The diamonds are the people’s property and your job is to protect them. I rely on you. If you fail me, who else can I look up to for help? If you fail me as the police, who will police the police? The integrity that I know which has made our police force to be recognised globally must be practiced here in Chiadzwa and not only during international duties.
Restrain yourselves; control yourselves first so that you can control others. With all my heart, I want you to know that some of the hypertension ailments we end up having is because we do not sleep thinking that we will wake up with all the diamonds gone. Give us peace of mind
Christopher Mushowe added:
Can you tell us what is happening? We are told that vehicles belonging to well-known buyers are getting easy passage into the mining concessions. How do they get in yet we have security boom gates on all roads leading into the mining fields? When those cars pass through those boom gates they will be going where? To do what?
What surprises is that buses that ferry villagers who live here are not allowed in but foreign vehicles belonging to buyers pass through easily. We want this worrying trend to be corrected immediately