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Vol 6 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2012


Zimbabwe

Political diamonds

Harare has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in tax from diamond smuggling: some of it will end up financing next year’s election campaign

The row over Zimbabwe’s missing diamond revenues will be at the centre of political campaigning ahead of next year’s general elections. Anti-corruption activists are accusing Indian traders of colluding with officials of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front to smuggle gemstones out of the highly-productive Marange diamond fields – and out of the country. The suspicion is that at least some of the illegal revenue will end up in ZANU-PF’s election war chest.

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