4 arrested for attempted Chiadzwa ‘looting’

FOUR people were arrested for attempting to steal equipment in the Chiadzwa diamond fields in Manicaland after government on Monday ordered all mining companies in the area to cease operations.


Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidakwa confirmed the arrests while addressing journalists in the capital last night.

Walter Chidhakwa_Minister of Mines

“There were two incidents of people who tried to come into the area and four people were arrested after they tried to steal solar panels. We also heard that there was an attempt to steal computers from another room,” he said.

The minister, however, dismissed reports of massive looting of gems, mining equipment, fuel and household goods in the chaos that followed his ban on mining operations in the diamond fields.

“I was worried in the morning (yesterday) after the calls and media reports. But as I got there the contrast in environment could not have been more apparent. The area is quiet.

“There are no people except security details and trucks picking ore. There is no sign of chaos or the mayhem as reported,” Chidakwa said, adding the decision to shut down the mines had Cabinet approval.

He insisted the government would not renegotiate with the mining companies or rethink its position because “they did not even try to regularise their licences even when they were aware they had expired”.

Chidakwa said the government was now in sole charge of all diamond-related activities in the country and he will next week announce the new management structure of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.

8 Responses to 4 arrested for attempted Chiadzwa ‘looting’

  1. makana chiredzi February 25, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    l earlier told you Zimbabweans that G 40 is a USA project, look now events in Chiadzwa are very clear for everyone to see that all the Chinese are being booted out and obviously the directive was from the congressmen who had earlier visited our country. The Chinese see Mnangagwa as the only person who can protect their investments in this country. Remember when the Chinese premier visited this country Mnangagwa was a key signatory to those deal, Mugabe and Grace followed to China without Mnangagwa and the Chinese told him we cant proceed without ED, that very day Mugabe had to call ED to follow. When they came back Grace had a rally in Gutu where she said, hee vanozviti ndivo vanopiwa mari nemaChina bla bla…..Grace was very frustrated about events in China . So the only way to fight China you have to engage the Americans no two ways, so this is how the Americans come into these succession wars,

    • donato February 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      We don’t care about your Chinese. What have they done besides stealing our diamonds? If you want to sell yopur backside to them, go alone. Zim should be open for business to anyone with money, willing to invest here and follow the laws. Why were your chinese not renewing their licences?

  2. Tinga Tinga February 25, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Let us hope that the revenue generated from these diamonds will benefit Zimbabweans at large but taking note that local communities in Chiadzwa are living in squalor. Worse still the provincial capital does not even have anything to show for the diamonds being mined in the province. It is something that causes heartache to see that Zimbaweans are greedy,fraudulent, corrupt to the extent of failing to develop our fatherland through these resources. It is hard to believe that a lot of Zimbabweans are suffering yet Zimbabwe has got 19 out of the 21 vital minerals of the world. Shame on us!

  3. fax February 25, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    This is most shocking. I thought we were benefit from these diamonds.Why did it took so long to realise this.I smell a big rotten rat.

  4. Chiremba Honestly February 25, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Hino waakudi manje

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  6. donato February 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    Uyu minister akadhakwa uyu Chidhakwa. So tell the nation what the plan is after closing the mines. Yes you said you renegotiate but tell us the plan beyond trying to sound defiant or whatever you call it in zanu. Hopefully, you wont do AGAIN what your party did to Shabanie and Mashaba mines. Makaponda ka! Thats what you wanna do again…looting time for G40!

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