Permanent Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana told The Herald on Tuesday night that Washington’s decision is regrettable. He said:
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This is a regrettable development because the reason the US authorities are citing, namely that Zimbabwean diamonds are being produced under forced labour, is a blatant and shameless lie that will surprise even cynics amongst us.
… apparently, invoking the repulsive prospect of alleged forced labour is a new nomenclature for seeking to bar Zimbabwe’s diamonds from the international market after previous attempts to label Zimbabwean diamonds as blood diamonds failed.
Mining of rough diamonds in Marange, Manicaland province, has been mired in controversy since it started several years ago.