Mbada Diamonds ‘licence saga’ rages

MINES minister Walter Chidakwa yesterday defended the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s decision to bar Mbada Diamond security personnel access to the firm’s mining sites in Chiadzwa saying even himself would not be allowed such admittance without meeting required security checks.

BY CHARLES LAITON
DIAMOND
Chidakwa made the remarks in High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafusire’s chambers after he was summoned to defend contempt of court allegations levelled against him by the diamond company.

This followed the refusal by the police to comply with a court order granted in favour of a Mauritius-registered company, Grandwell Holdings, which has a huge stake in Mbada Diamonds, on Monday this week.

Mafusire had ordered police to allow Mbada security officers to safeguard their company property following the government’s decision to withdraw mining licences against all the diamond mining firms that were booted out of Chiadzwa.

In the urgent chamber application, Chidakwa, Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), Marange Resources (Private) Limited, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) and Mbada, were cited as respondents whereas Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri was also added as a respondent to the application yesterday.

Chidakwa said despite the mining companies’ licences having expired several months prior to his directive, no action had been taken against them, thereby putting him in the spotlight as the chief instigator of the current impasse.

Asked why they had withdrawn the mining companies’ licences in light of the existing contractual agreements between the parties, Chidakwa said an Act of Parliament was more superior to the agreements, adding the said mining firms’ tenure to continue operating had expired.

Advocate Sylvester Hashiti appeared on behalf of ZMDC, Marange Resources (Private) Limited and ZCDC, while Sternford Moyo represented Mbada.

Ruling was postponed to today.

12 Responses to Mbada Diamonds ‘licence saga’ rages

  1. Ngwekazi March 4, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    The President clearly said all mining companies in Chiadzwa robbed Zimbabwe of its wealth. The President said we were expecting $15 billion or more for the ten years in mining but only $4 billion (if not mistaken) was realised. These mining diamonds HAMUNYARI HERE? You were busy giving yourselves hefty salaries whilst the people of Manicaland and Zimbabwe were suffering. I like the President when he said MINING in Chiadzwa will be monopolised to the government. He accepted failure to have copied what is done in Botswana where De beers is engaged, Namibia and Angola. Thank you President for accepting your mistakes.

    • Be Honoest March 4, 2016 at 8:27 am #

      so what does that say about teh competency of your President and his entire government? Where they blindfolded all these years or they simply were the prime beneficiairies of the looted diamonds, including Defence college for over $100 million dollars? Do not be so forgetful there is nothign to applaud. Problem is diamonds were controlled by an establishment that backed a ZanuPF faction. So tehy just have to dry up the funds for that faction in oredr to destroy it. Not this nonense that we did not know how Botswana, namibia manage their diamonds. The diamonds was talked over and over again and he was in the forefront to defend and cover up what was going on

      • Ndini March 4, 2016 at 9:34 am #

        @Be Honest, we all make mistakes. What the government has done will benefit the people of Manicaland and Zimbabwe as a whole and the future generation. During GNU, Hon. Biti said it to the nation that Diamond money was not coming to the Treasury. Where was it going? The President has accepted failure and we want to know and see those perpetrators arrested. I guess they will be some arrests coz the President never minced his words that the MINERS ROBBED US OF OUR WEALTH. Same with the farms. We need the President cut down the size of farms so that everyone benefits. We have these Ministers with 500 to more than 1000 hectares. What for? The President said we are on sanctions because of land reform. So if its the case, can it be shared equally to every citizen of Zimbabwe. Look at what happened to Gideon Gono’s tenure, he ditched out farming equipment to the Ministers and other senior government officials. Even if you look at Mining firms at Chiadzwa, senior government officials have links. I saw on online papers comments one saying one of Mnangagwa sons is married to a Chinese girl. This Chinese girl has or is a daughter of one of Anjin chefs. Maona manje. And now we want to know the agreements made when Longchen and Zimbabwe Defence College were built. Maybe ma Chinese akati tinokuwakirayi Longchen Market and Defence College Zimbabwe yotiregera tichere ma DIAMONDS.

    • midas March 4, 2016 at 11:31 am #

      Are u really serious in thanking the president when this thing is 5 yrs late. The opposition has been crying for transparency and no one heard them. Now diamonds are finished and that is when our president raises a voice which is too late .

    • zimbabwe March 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

      ten years wasted for nothing and you say it’s fine lets move on? bullshit. when do you think the nation will start moving forward when you think as long as some can make mistakes for as long as they want and ccan admit weneva they want its fine? how long do you live on this earth for if i may ask?

  2. Samanyanga March 4, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Diamond mining in Chiadzwa started 10 years ago. We are now being told by govt that diamond looting was done by the mines themselves and Zimbabwe lost USD 15 billion in the process. What did govt do to prevent the loss? Surely a forensic audit will inform us where the diamonds went and who benefitted from the theft. Why not do the audit first b4 expropriation? I smell a rat!

  3. Ngwekazi March 4, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    @Be Honest, we all make mistakes. What the government has done will benefit the people of Manicaland and Zimbabwe as a whole and the future generation. During GNU, Hon. Biti said it to the nation that Diamond money was not coming to the Treasury. Where was it going? The President has accepted failure and we want to know and see those perpetrators arrested. I guess they will be some arrests coz the President never minced his words that the MINERS ROBBED US OF OUR WEALTH. Same with the farms. We need the President cut down the size of farms so that everyone benefits. We have these Ministers with 500 to more than 1000 hectares. What for? The President said we are on sanctions because of land reform. So if its the case, can it be shared equally to every citizen of Zimbabwe. Look at what happened to Gideon Gono’s tenure, he ditched out farming equipment to the Ministers and other senior government officials. Even if you look at Mining firms at Chiadzwa, senior government officials have links. I saw on online papers comments one saying one of Mnangagwa sons is married to a Chinese girl. This Chinese girl has or is a daughter of one of Anjin chefs. Maona manje. And now we want to know the agreements made when Longchen and Zimbabwe Defence College were built. Maybe ma Chinese akati tinokuwakirayi Longchen Market and Defence College Zimbabwe yotiregera tichere ma DIAMONDS.

  4. machakachaka March 4, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    “….act of parliament was more superior…..” Something is either superior or more important. The term “more superior” is wrong. Modern reporters, professors and PHD holders have vandalized this language.

  5. Grievance Mafunga March 4, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    The chaos at Ciyadzwa is just a manifestation of the factional fights in ZANU PF. It has never been the intention of ZANU PF to serve anyone other than themselves through diamond proceeds. The previous Minister of finance, Tendai Biti has always been clamoring that monies from Chiyadzwa were not being channeled towards treasury to benefit everyone and he has been given a deaf ear by Mugabe and his chaos faction who now are pretending to love the people. Please stand advised that ZANU PF lacks human conscience, thrives on corruption and chaos, loves power and can kill unarmed, poor and the innocent for it; does not respect the civil laws of the land but adores laws of the jungle as evidenced by Chidhakwa’s open defiance of the High Court ruling. Nothing good can come out of such a people

  6. jahoracreh March 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    I e­a­r­n 56 bu­ck­s pe­r ho­ur f­or w­or­­­ki­­ng on­­lin­­e. SV I n­ev­­er th­o­ug­ht I’­d be­ ab­­le t­o do i­­t bu­t m­­­y fri­en­d pr­of­­­i­­­ts $­­6k /m­­on­­th b­­­y d­­oi­­ng thi­­s jo­­­b a­­nd sh­­­e r­­ec­­­o­­mm­­en­­ded ­­m­­e t­­o c­­hec­­k it out. T­ry i­­t o­­ut on f­­ol­­lo­wi­­ng we­­bsi­­te, y­­­­­ou ha­­ve no­­th­in­­g t­o lo­­se………

    ——> A­l­p­h­a-C­a­r­e­e­r­s.C­­O­­M

  7. Kuedzwa March 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Just trying to mislead the nation, they were looting Chiyadzwa with their Chinese friends.
    If there is any truth and sincerity heads must roll!

  8. garikayi March 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    There is a different story to all this nonsense of nationalising diamond mines. Mugabe and his miltary guys have finished legalising diamonds they looted in DRC onthe pretext there was diamond mining. Talk of state organised crime whilst the world watched

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