Diamond firms leave Mugabe in the cold

THE country’s four leading diamond mining firms yesterday distanced themselves from a $50 million dummy cheque presented to the Zimunya Marange Community Ownership Trust by President Robert Mugabe in 2012.

By Tarisai Mandizha
Business Reporter

Addressing members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Wadyajena, the diamond firms’ directors said they did not make any pledges towards the scheme. When the scheme was launched, Mugabe was given the impression that each of the mining firms operating in Manicaland had pledged $10 million for the community development initiative.

Mbada Diamonds chairperson Robert Mhlanga said the company didn’t make any pledge towards the Zimunya Marange Community Ownership Trust and was unaware of the $50 million cheque which Mugabe presented to the community. He, however, said Mbada Diamonds had to date contributed $200 000 for the trust which was sent through the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation.

Marange Resources acting chief executive officer Mark Mabhudhu said: “As Marange, we were told we were to contribute a total of $2 million and the $48 million would come from the other mining companies.”

Ramzi Malik, managing director of Diamond Mining Corporation, said they had not made any contribution towards the scheme due to a breakdown in communication with the other responsible ministries. Anjin Investments’ director Munyaradzi Machacha, said the company had made a pledge of $1,5 million but was unable to pay due to viability challenges that the company was currently facing.

37 Responses to Diamond firms leave Mugabe in the cold

  1. Ruramai March 8, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Very easy to fool a 90 year old. Or it could very easily have been an election gimmick by the vile old man.

    • Zvichapera March 8, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Before I comment on this story, I remember reading an article in an SA paper saying Mr Robert Mhlanga, who also happens to be Mugabe’s former helicopter pilot, bought property worth $25 million in one month in SA. An estate agent that handled some of the transactions stated that Mhlanga did not negotiate any of the asking prices; he simply paid cash without a wink. They said it appeared he was in a hurry to spend the cash and he had lots of it.

      Of course we are not surprised that the Marange community has been lied to by Mugabe and his Ministers. That is the way of ZanuPF; pretend you care for the people while laughing all the way to the bank. Mugabe is not a fool, he knows WHERE the diamond money is going. And Zimbos should wake up; where else do you think a family can get cash to host the lavish wedding that we have just seen?

      While the efforts of the MPs are commendable, this issue is too big for them and they are wasting time. Chindori Chininga unravelled all the corruption in Marange and produced a damning report but we all know what happened to him.

      • Sir foster March 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

        Well said Zvichapera Mugabe & his cabinet knows what happened to d money. Since 2012 they only discovered it now.

    • Stokononzi March 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      Ndakafarira size yawakagadzirira Reason the other day.

  2. ahh March 8, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    taakuzviziva tricks asi mungavhare president nenyika yese .God bless Africa

  3. ahh March 8, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    taakuzviziva tricks asi mungavhare president nenyika yese .God bless Africa

  4. Mhofu March 8, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    An old old leader like Mugabe can be easily tricked or cheated. Zimbabweans its high time for change. Until when people?

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  6. kkkkkkkkkk March 8, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    kkkkkkkkkkkk ha hah ha ha ha cant stop laughing what a joke we said it before that this whole community trust scheme was bottled smoke being sold to gullible Zimbos.Now if these criminals masquerading as diamond miners have got the nerve to fool a whole country president,then ordinary Zimbos can forget about benefitting from these precious stones because they are a preserve for the mafia.

  7. mutigori March 8, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    havazivo vatangakunyepera chembere,dzakatombokwidzwa gomo zvichinzi maita dhiziri,kutobvisiswa shangu wena

    • gomo March 8, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk what a comedy

  8. Wacho March 8, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Guys dondiudzawo kuti iDiamond Mining, Diamond guys irikuti so far we have contributed $200 000, this companies akajaidzwa guys. Mugabe must be too old to deal with them. Change please

  9. taipei March 8, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    makapani aya ari kunyara kutaura chokwadi kuti instead yekuendesa mari kucommunity trust takapa mufana wemakore mapfumbamwe uyu nekuti kudai akavharwa zveshuwa angadai ambopenga bhichana

  10. Chaporonga March 8, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Inga vanhu vekunewsday munonakidza chaizvo. Mungati Mugabe left in the cold zveshuwa? VaMugabe vaiCampainer kuti vawane mavotes chete. Munoti varidzi vemigodi kana vaitadza kuendesa mari kutreasury , vaizowana yokuendesa ku community trust ahh makapenga imi. Mudhara akangwara uyu bora rake rakapinda mugedi hehehehehehe

  11. Takambo zvitaura March 8, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Mushowe and Kasukuwere wakadya $50m hanzi Mushowe akawapa account yekuti wakande mari, Bob kutosimudza chipepa chakanyorwa kuti 50m shame shame on u baba chatunga. Vafana wanobosha

    • chibhodhoro March 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

      iwe usa onererwe chaizvo zvauri kutaura unozvi ziva vanhu venews day vanongoisa nyaya dzino nakidza.ndiyo inonzi advetisment iyoyi kana musingazive vamwe muchaenda muromo paside nekutaura manyepo.

  12. Legal lion March 8, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Gentleman don’t be fooled.No one fools RGM. Mugabe apart from being educated has natural wisdom and has got the advantage of expirience. This is just a dark cloud. Beware of the brewing storm.It’s going to make Tokwe Mkosi look like a joke

  13. Stokononzi March 8, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Botswana manages its diamonds so well, can we not learn from them?

    • Nyasha Muyambi March 8, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      Very good point! We can learn from them, though we need transparency first. A complete audit needs to be done.

  14. tribesman March 8, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Put simply , Kasukuwere lied to the president . That clown should resign in singular shame or be fired by the head of state and government , and commander-in-chief of the ZANU army , air force , police and prisons .

  15. Observer March 8, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    The Marange Diamond saga is a similar case of giving street conman bank licenses to run a reputable banks. Seriously! Why complain when the perceived outcome is nothing other than disastrous. Of course, they will loot left right & center and plead ignorance as to how depositors’ funds disappeared. After all they are just common street thugs in shiny business suits, besides what can the ignorant authorities do other than believe the word of the so called “experts”.

  16. Mike Hove March 8, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Ndiyoka Corruption yacho iyi. VaMugabe vakati ndikawana evidence yeCorruption ndino fire vanhu, ngavachifaya tione. But hava fire nekuti vanozviziva kuti kwaive kunjonja mavhoti, vaka havangafaye vanhu vakavahwinisa pama election. Motopa nyaya yacho Comrade Chinotimba vafambe nayo muParliament pamotion yecorruption yatsviriridza iyi.

  17. Dzoraivhoti March 8, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Newsday endai munoudza mapositori nevanhu veku Mzarabani izvozvo. kana akanyeberwa arrest them isnt it n.anga yediseal was arrested 4 lying paChinhoyi apa.

  18. tidzo March 8, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    come on pple ,hapana kuvharwa apa ,vanozivana vanhu ava,vanodya vese mari idzo, .hapana aono sungwa kuswika Jesus adzoka, mazimbo just forget about diamonds, chito nyarara henyu kuti hlo. angavhara Robert ndiyani akasara ari mupenyu???????Asi munoti vari Egypt havana kufunda ,havazivi mwari, Imi ndimi mini muziva kkkkkkkkkk shame,shame ,Zimbabwe will never be free ,with this generation of cowards,

  19. mandi tembo March 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Was in Mutare last week. The state of the roads in the province’s capital that mines diamonds makes one weep!

  20. Educated March 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    This man is not educated, a teaboy yevarungu, we told you MDC this president wenyu wataita PM is fooled and given a fake US$50M cheque he is not fit for office a ndinopika na… it would not have happenned.

    Oh wait hang on it the country’s No 1 who was given the cheque or wakomana the educated one was duped how come now, degrees and all??

    Wakomana we are being fooled wasting space/time on party that has less that 1/3 seats in parliament’s goings on. Why do we all have blinkers??

    While the country burns right to our doorsteps.
    Peoople we are being fed smokescreens someone we are told took took 300k from a private organisation to give his X. Someone was/is earning that amount every month or so.
    What about the millions/billions from Marange to Harare Airport rd, salary gate. People buying banks.
    Focus on the big picture instead of storms in tea cup.

  21. munhu waMwari March 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Mwari pindirai

  22. goodchildgonebad March 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm #


  23. chihwa March 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    uku ndiko kujaidzwa , kana vasina mari yacho ngavabve , po 10million is nothing for what they have already gotten from our homeland, the sad part is that it goes to develop other provinces , when here in mutare we suffer a lot, look at our general hospital, its pathetic, and yet you keep stealing from the same province.. to think mugabe is innocent in all this ? haaa hazviite uyo bona akachata ari yakabvepi .

  24. Educated March 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Finally you people are beginning to talk. Dont waste with the happending in Party with less than 60seats or it s leaders. We all how some senior political woman’s div was caused by someone, and someone not honoring for better or worse. How ministers have outside wedlock so look down south Mr shower head has has x wives the media does not waste time on that or his div

    It’s the economy STUPID as a certain former Mr Trouser snake said North Am.
    Here its the CORRUPTION anything else like sanctions etc is a smokescreen.
    If we cant fix this nothing else will be fixed.
    Just drive/take a combi/ipsum from your house to town and tell the driver not cross the white or yellow line, he will ask you are you crazy. we cant drive on tar off tar is better no matter where you leave. Bu I thought we have Zinatha or i mean Zinara.
    We were told that so and so was going sell the country so look Ma who has sold it now.
    PDL salaries were are they?

    I say again let’s not waste time on smokescreens.

  25. Exiled March 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    But my question is who is exactly in charge in this country? Obviously its not Mugabe. I have traveled and lived in many countries and what i noticed is that the president appears on television at least once or twice per week talking issues of national policy and governance. These presidents will be talking real issues and taking action which is very tangible and citizens really feel that the president is working. Now when i came back to Zimbabwe i was very shocked to notice that the president only appears on national television at a gala to celebrate his own birthday and after that the nation have to wait for another birthday. Now birthdays come only once in a year. Most surprisingly all issues which the nation feels must have come from the president instead come from his spokesperson. What is this and who is exactly ruling this country? Why does it seem like this country is ruled by ministers in their own capacity which make it have more than twenty rulers as we have more than twenty ministers. The nation has every reason to be worried Mugabe is not doing the job that the people of this nation entrusted him with. As long as we have a situation where the president doesnt say anything this country will continue to die. For those who know please help me; who is ruling this country? Who is running the show’? I havent been around here for many years but i feel i have lost touch with how this country is run.

  26. simiso saaz March 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    botswana is doing very well managing their natural resources if we could swap leaders will definately be the 1st to vote for that instead of these selfish men who have no shame at all no mattr how the pple suffer or die, mark my words their time will come even thru their children or grandchildren because GOD is watching and he doesnt drink those expensive whiskys they do. We have urban tolling coming, some fat greedy man will have the chance to finish his unfished buildings watch and see. GOD hear the cries of yo people.

  27. dominic levis March 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    These where blood diamonds syndicate

  28. simiso siziba March 9, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    people are not fools and if you are a leader of a country with people so patient as the people of this beautiful land of zimbabwe and you keep on taking advantage of them seriously you have to think twice because u will be a fool for sure because no matter how clever you think you are indwangu iyakhutha ugatsha.all these thieving ministrs eg. Obert,kasukuwere and the list is endless honestly when u go to your wifes and children evryday after stealing how do u look at them and pretend all is well and you are the fathers that they should look up to when you know your sins will definately catch up w you and they will suffer for that and believe me suffer for your sins they will.not even one single thing that was promised before elections last year has materialised and you keep stealing worse with the coming of urban tolling. if ubaba is a true father then he has to stop this rot that is going on in his name and shame all these thieves because thy are giving you and your children a bad name.yenzani lidle izithutha zikaMlimu zihlupheka kodwa elenyu liyeza lokho ngyalithembisa labantwabenyu. Ngiqedile mina.

  29. taku March 9, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Transparency is a way to but will mean to remove all these Zanu wastakis, and we all know that is a battle on its own! They would rather their own than to step down!

  30. chibhodhoro March 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    You people are you saying you where there when Mugabe was given that $50 million by that time.Ivove newsday vaivepo here pai withdrawewa mari yakadaro kubank.akazviona ndiani uye akaudza ani.muchato wabona wakarongwa nevanhu vaibva kuSouth Africa.Saka munoti iye murume wake Simba vabereki vake havana mari.You always put your problems on Mugabe and his cabinet .You are fools

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