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Zimbabweans Urge Govt to Arrest People Linked to $15 Billion Diamond Scam

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE - Illegal diamonds from Zimbabwe are displayed for sale in Manica, Mozambique.

FILE - Illegal diamonds from Zimbabwe are displayed for sale in Manica, Mozambique.

Zimbabweans generally agree that people responsible for the alleged looting of diamonds worth $15 billion should be arrested regardless of their political affiliation.

Zanu PF’s London-based Nick Mangwana and George Mkhwanazi of the People’s Democratic Party are among Zimbabweans calling for the punishment of people who looted diamond proceeds.

They say it is worrying that the country lost billions of dollars in potential revenue at a time Zimbabwe needed a huge financial injection to revive the ailing economy.

President Robert Mugabe claimed recently that the government only received $2 billion of the estimated $15 billion that could have been generated from diamond sales in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province.

Mkhwanazi claims that the money was allegedly used to finance Zanu PF’s previous election campaigns.

But Mangwana argues that this is impossible as the alleged looting of the gems may have mostly happened when Zimbabwe had a government of national unity.

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