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Vol 54 No 25

Published 13th December 2013


Arms-for-minerals trades exposed

Zimbabwe has parcelled out choice mining concessions to Russia and China in exchange for arms – but they may have sold them too cheaply

Deals to trade mining concessions for arms from Russia and China were arranged privately during the period of the coalition government by Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front leaders, Africa Confidential has learned. The deals were kept from their partners in government, the Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, and a breakaway MDC formation led by Welshman Ncube. All European Union dealings in arms with Zimbabwe are forbidden, but there is no United Nations prohibition.

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