Farayi Machamire 25 October 2017
HARARE – Mbada Diamonds (Private) Limited, the former largest diamond
miner in the Chiadzwa diamond fields, has had its property and assets
attached pending auction on Friday over debt.
Mbada was one of nine companies operating in the Chiadzwa fields directed
to stop all mining activities and leave immediately in February last year
because their licences had expired.
The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) was formed the following
month after President Robert Mugabe’s government evicted all diamond
Mbada has struggled to service its debt since, and Pungwe Mining Company –
owed $18 612 510 by Mbada – has now attached the property in a bid to
recover its money.
Pungwe is part of over 200 creditors that have attained writs against
Mbada which has seen its equipment going for a song.
Pungwe specialises in mining equipment and has been battling to recover
Pungwe has already auctioned off Mbada’s plane that was previously used to
airlift diamonds from Chiadzwa to the sorting house at Harare airport.
The 12-seater Cessna 208 Caravan was snapped up by businessman and Bindura
North Zanu PF legislator Kenneth Musanhi. He bought it for nearly $1
Mbada has also lost heavy mining machinery, equipment, vehicles and
In a notice yesterday, the Sheriff of the High Court instructed that Mbada
Diamonds’ mining equipment be sold by public auction in Mutare on Friday
to repay the debt.
Hollands Auctioneers said among the property to be auctioned off include
excavators, mobile welding machine, pipe conveyers, dump truck, general
plant and spares.