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Diamond bosses to appear in court


The arrested Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) officials, accused of fraudulently awarding Canadile Miners concessions at Chiadzwa, are expected to appear in court on Monday facing charges of fraud and abuse of public office.

Suspended ZMDC chief executive Dominic Mubayiwa, company secretary Tichaona Muhonde, former ZMDC chairperson Gloria Mawarire, and board members Ashton Ndlovu and Mark Tsomondo, were arrested last Thursday.
Canadile Miners chairperson Lovemore Kurotwi, who was arrested at the same time, is also expected to appear in court on Monday.

It was not immediately clear what charges he would face.

His lawyer George Chikumbirike could not be reached on Sunday night.

The six are being detained at different police stations in Harare. Harare lawyer Jonathan Samkange, who is representing Mawarire, said:

“They are going to court tomorrow (Monday). They signed warned and cautioned statements yesterday (on Saturday).”

Samkange said they would each face two counts of fraud.

The government has since withdrawn Canadile Miners’ rights to mine diamonds at Chiadzwa and blacklisted at least 12 shareholders and directors of Core Mining.

Core Mining and the ZMDC formed a partnership to form Canadile Miners.

The joint venture partnership has now collapsed.

Those blacklisted are accused of involvement in blood diamonds in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone.

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