Tsvangirai says ZANU-PF sold 30 000 carats of diamonds to steal the elections

via Tsvangirai says ZANU-PF sold 30 000 carats of diamonds to steal the elections  26 October 2013 by Charles Rukuni InsiderZim

Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai says senior Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leaders and military generals smuggled 30 000 carats of diamonds in April and May to raise funds which they used to steal the 31 July elections.

In a paper he presented at the Oxford University on Thursday evening, Tsvangirai, who lost the elections to Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF, said he had “impeccable information” on how the 30 000 carats were sold through an intermediary in Angola.

Tsvangirai won only 34 percent of the vote down from 48 percent in 2008 while his party ended up with 49 seats in the lower house. It had 100 in 2008.

Though he has withdrawn petitions challenging the election results Tsvangirai still described them as “disputed elections”.

He said that Zimbabwe’s diamonds had turned into a curse instead of a blessing and were benefitting only a minority while the majority suffered.

Zimbabwe started mining diamonds in 1995 through the opening of River Ranch Mine in Beitbridge but the mine was closed down three years later.

There was controversy about its ownership following its re-opening with a consortium of Saudi Arabian businessman Adel Aujan and Kupukile Resources owned by Solomon Mujuru eventually taking over the mine in 2004.

Zimbabwe, however, only came onto the diamond map in 2006 following the rush in the alluvial diamonds at Marange which were discovered by De Beers in 2002, though it never officially exploited them.

Government intervention into the chaos at Marange led to the country’s suspension from the Kimberley Process Certification Process, but though this was lifted two years ago, the company was still not able to trade its diamonds openly because of sanctions.

The European Union lifted sanctions on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation after the 31 July elections but the United States still maintains its sanctions which effectively means that Zimbabwe still has problem getting its money from the sale of diamonds as the money has to be cleared in the United States.

 

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    chimusoro 7 years ago

    You should know when to shut up!

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    doctor 7 years ago

    He had always said that several times. This is the “Barking of a Dog” and can’t change it.

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    Jenandebvu 7 years ago

    Chimusoro need to know what to right, don’t read what you don’t like to hear. The heading clearly shows that Morgan expressed his feeling and emotions, do not read it. Read minister Moyo or Muzembi or HE, Commander in Chief, First Family…………. Pres Mugabe if that makes you happy

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      chimusoro 7 years ago

      Saying something doesn’t make it the truth. Tsvangirai should provide evidence otherwise he might not be taken seriously!

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    mudhara 7 years ago

    Jena ndebvu u a right it’s Tsvangirai s opinion he didn’t say u must agree wit him

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    Austin Vuma 7 years ago

    Tsvangirayi you failed to make change when you were a useless prime minister in the government. What can you now form outside with your minority mps.Just shut up!

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      nesbert majoni 7 years ago

      Its not about Tsvangirayi. Its about the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe. We want to share the national cake as a country not few individuals. Tsvangirayi is for the people. He never failed but the truth is the elections were stolen.

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    Wekari 7 years ago

    It’s over Tsvangirai, another 26 years before anyone will have the chance MDC blew

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    Morris 7 years ago

    If Tsvangirayi failed what did Mugabe do? How much prosperity or poverty did Mugabe bring us?