Diamond mining firms operating in Marange say the recent imposition of sanctions will not deter them from their operations and have described the move as a ploy by Washington to frustrate the country as well as disrupt progress made so far in the local diamond industry.With the global diamond industry still stunned by the inclusion of Mbada Diamonds and Marange Resources on the US sanctions list, diamond mining firms operating in Marange have added their voice in denouncing the move and have described the action as unjustified and political.
Mbada Diamonds plant, Mine Manager Mr. Gerald Sithole who described the imposition of sanctions on the firm as a demonstration of the failure by the West to keep Marange diamonds out of the international market said the embargo will however not deter the company from maximising production.
Anjin Director, Mr. Munyaradzi Machacha said despite his firm not being put on the sanctions list, the move by Washington deserves to be condemned adding that there is no justification whatsoever for such a decision.
The imposition of sanctions on Mbada Diamonds and Marange Resources comes at a time the global diamond watch dog body the Kimberley Process has endorsed the unconditional export of Marange diamonds amid a growing demand of the gems.
Observers and political analysts say the imposition of sanctions on the two diamond mining companies is uncalled for and is a clear violation of democratic international trading regulations.