Your Excellency, in early March, you made a stunning revelation: the diamond mining companies in Marange had robbed Zimbabwe of over $13 billion. You revealed that out of a possible $15 billion in revenues, Zimbabwe had only realized a paltry $2 billion. â€˜Lots of smuggling and swindling has taken place and the companies that have been mining, I want to say robbed us of our wealthâ€™, you said.
You are the latest and most senior government official who has publicly complained about the looting of our diamonds. Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti repeatedly raised a red flag on Marange diamonds but his claims were dismissed by government apologists as false. The 2009-13 Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy led by the late Edward Chindori-Chininga raised several crucial issues pointing to massive corruption in Marange but again the report was frowned at by those who should have utilized it to plug the leakages; Chindori-Chininga was tragically killed in a car crash barely a week after presenting his report in parliament in 2013. As a civil society activist I too made several calls for good governance in our diamond sector based on evidence of looting and human rights abuses in Marange; this whistle-blowing landed me in jail in 2010.
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