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Vol 51 No 10

Published 14th May 2010


Zimbabwe

Diamond disputes

Quarrels over diamond concessions preoccupy politicians of all stripes and some adventurous foreign capitalists

There are not many ways to get rich in Zimbabwe just now and the best is diamond mining. The business is dominated by the ruling clique in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) but even there, rival factions led by General Solomon Mujuru and Emmerson Mnangagwa fight for dealing rights and revenue. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been dragged into the row; some of the companies in the Marange Chiadzwa dispute (ACVol 51 No 8) are accused of donating 3 million South African rand(US$398,000 mn.) to the MDC’s 2008 election campaign.

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