Zanu (PF) links to blood diamonds exposed

perence_shiri.jpg2HARARE - Senior military and Zanu (PF) officials are linked to Canadales Investments, a South African mining company that corruptly acquired rights to mine diamonds in Chiadzwa, ***The Zimbabwean has learnt. (Pictured: Air Marshall Perence Shiri)

It has now emerged that South Africans are simply playing front in a company whose majority shares are owned by senior army and Zanu (PF) officials. The company is operating in Fidelity Life Centre, and has also opened offices at Hot Springs, a few km from Chiadzwa diamond fields.

Air Marshall Perence Shiri and Army Commander Valerio Sibanda are some of the senior army officials believed to have big stake in the diamond company. The two have been spotted in the company premises in the past few days. According to employees at the company offices Canadales Investments is due to be commissioned by President Robert Mugabe in the near future.

The company has already moved heavy equipment into the diamond fields. This is in direct contravention of a High Court judgment that restored all mineral rights of Chiadzwa to African Consolidated Resources a month ago. The presence of Canadels Investments raises fears that once more only the well connected and the powerful have unlimited rights to claim anything of value in Zimbabwe.

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