Zanu PF National Secretary for Economic Affairs, Cde Obert Mpofu, has dismissed allegations by non-governmental organisations that his party has been stealing Chiadzwa diamonds and running a parallel fiscus.He said Zanu PF will not be moved by such cheap talk from unpatriotic people who are bent on serving the interests of the west.
According to reports in the independent media, the allegations were revealed at a conference convened by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, on the subject of Zimbabwe’s diamonds.
During the summit, Dewa Mavhinga of the Zimbabwe Crisis Coalition (ZCC) and Farai Maguwu of the Centre for Research and Development were quoted saying at least US$1 billion in potential revenue from the precious gem remained unaccounted for.
Cde Mpofu, who is also Mines and Mining Development Minister, said the allegations have been initiated by people who are anti-government with no spirit of development, adding that diamond proceeds which exceeded $ 200 million in the first six months of the year have all been forwarded to the Ministry of Finance.
â€œThere is an inclusive government arrangement and all decisions are taken on the basis of that. All the proceeds from diamonds have all been forwarded to the Ministry of Finance and the Minister Biti who belongs to the MDC-T. He has acknowledged that and very happy that these proceeds have eased monetary shortages,â€ said Cde Mpofu.
Cde Mpofu explained that these are indications from people who have displayed their frustration by hiring hostile western media to come up with meaningless programmes about Zimbabwe.
He added that De Beers extracted Chiadzwa diamond for over 15 years but has never been able to account for them.
â€œThe British country is awash with Zimbabwean diamonds – where did they get them from? The conflict diamonds which they have always been talking about from Angola, DRC and Sierra Leonne are taken by the same people who are actually looters and we wonâ€™t be deterred by such cheap talk,â€ he added.
Western countries have been using different people at various platforms to politicise and frustrate the trading of the countryâ€™s diamonds, a move which has seen the African Diamond Producers Association consider setting up its own diamond certification scheme which will serve the interests of African countries.