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Zimbabwe to Start Selling Diamonds in Belgium

An illegal diamond dealer from Zimbabwe displays diamonds for sale in Manica, near the border with Zimbabwe. (File Photo)
Zimbabwe is this month expected to start selling its Marange diamonds to the world diamond epicenter, Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) in Belgium.

The AWDC says dates are yet to be confirmed but expects that Zimbabwe will sell at least 500,000 carats. But Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation chairperson Florence Gowora told Studio 7 that the country is still carrying out an audit of diamonds in stock.

She referred further questions to Mines Ministry permanent secretary Professor Francis Gudyanga who was not picking his mobile when we tried to reach him.

The selling of diamonds to Belgium follows the lifting of sanctions on the MDC by the European Union on September 24.

Human rights groups and the International Monetary Fund are urging Harare to be transparent in its diamond dealings to boost the country’s revenues.

Rights lawyer Dewa Mavhinga of the Human Rights Watch says the government must be accountable.