Five men have been arrested for illegally possessing two diamond testers and twelve pieces of diamonds weighing 75 carats. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said police officers arrested the accused acting on a tip-off. Said ZRP in a Twitter post:
The ZRP applauds the public for supplying positive information which goes a long way in fighting crime. Police in Mutare acted on a tip-off and arrested Romeo Tembo, Luckmore Chikove, Tonderai Mandiwanzira, Teererai Chigariro and Munashe Mhazo for illegally possessing twelve pieces of diamonds weighing 75 carats and two diamond testers.
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According to previous auctions, Zimbabwean diamonds normally fetch about US$400 per carat, although this can rise to as much as US$12 000 per carat.
Pindula News previously reported that diamond revenue has for long been a contentious issue with the late former president Robert Mugabe once claiming that revenue of up to US$15 billion had been stolen.
Auditor-General Mildred Chiri, in her report for 2019 that was released this year, revealed that both the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) and Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) failed to account for diamonds worth an estimated US$140 million.
The diamonds weighed 350 000 carats.
It is alleged that illegal mining is authorised by some corrupt officials in the security sector at the payment of huge kickbacks.
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