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Thamer Said Ahmed al Shanfari

Date of Birth: 3 January 1968


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The nomenklatura

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa: Speaker of parliament and former Security Minister; ZANU-PF Secretary for Finance and Chairman of ZANU's ZIDCO Holdings; Mnangagwa was Chairman of ZANU's old financing vehicle, M & S Investments, and is Chairman of asbestos exporter Fibrolite (joint venture with Armando Godinko); he is also a director of Opporto Investments, Galant Distribution, Galhold Investments, Woolworth Trading, and Treasure Holdings; most lucrative has been his management of ZANU's and the military's investments and trade deals in Congo-K, where he is a kingpin of the regional diamond trade; Mnangagwa's key business associates are two white Zimbabweans, Billy Rautenbach (for whom Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant) and British-based John Bredenkamp; and an Omani, Thamer al-Shanfari...

Thamer al-Shanfari: Chairman, Oryx Natural Resources, registered in the Cayman Islands (UK), and son of former Omani Oil Minister, Saeed bin Ahmed al-Shanfari; went into partnership with the Zimbabwe government to form Oryx-Zimcon in 2000, in turn technical partner to the Zimbabwean military's Cosleg, which provides soldiers to guard Oryx's diamond concessions in Congo; his attempt to get listing for a joint venture with Petra Diamonds (exploiting Congo's Sengamines concession) on the London Stock Exchange failed in June 2000 (AC Vol 41 No 11); Al-Shanfari is understood to be seeking a new partner for the venture, which has been extensively restructured...


The military-financial complex

Mnangagwa has a successful business alliance with the Omani businessman Thamer bin Saeed al Shanfari, whose firm, Oryx Natural Resources, partners the ZDF in Oryx Zimcon's investments in Congo-K and pursues the Sengamines project despite falling out with its South African partners, Adonis Pouroulis and Petra Diamonds...


War economy

Zimbabwe connections On Zimbabwe's involvement, the report cites 'incentives to military assistance by means of concessions' to various companies - Sengamines, a joint venture by Zimbabwean officials; and Comiex, a firm controlled by Kabila Senior and Oryx Zimcon (in which Omani millionaire Thamer al Shanfari was a lead investor), which was granted diamond concessions in Tshibua belonging to Minière de Bakwanga (Miba), plus others at Senga-Senga in Western Kasai (AC Vol 41 No 11)...


Soldiers of misfortune

He says Grant Thornton has offered no explanation of why it withdrew at that critical moment, which effectively scuppered the reverse takeover of Petra Diamonds by Thamer al Shanfari's Oryx Natural Resources...


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