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Everyone is asking where Mugabe’s party is finding the money for its fleet of new vehicles and its pre-election largesse

A spending splash by the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is attracting increasing suspicion that the funds come from illegally diverted diamond sales. ZANU-PF will hold its annual conference, the last before next year’s elections, on 4-9 December in Gweru, Midlands, in a just-completed, purpose-built conference centre costing US$6.5 million. Coupled with reports that President Robert Mugabe’s party was paying $15 mn. for 1,000 vehicles for electioneering, this provoked the other parties into questioning the source of the money.

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