The question remains, what happened to the $15bn diamond money that President Robert Mugabe claims was not accounted for?
NewsDay presents to you, in video and infographics, the implications of the development.
1. VIDEO: MUGABE’S INCONSISTENCIES
Perhaps, Zimbabweans are asking the same question to the president , who over the past years, has defended the mining processes in Marange. Chinese companies, have- until recently – been the main diamond miners in Marange.
Mugabe has previously blamed sanctions as the reason behind low revenues from diamond mines, and now, the veteran leader has turned around, accusing his own lieutenants and diamond companies of looting, corruption and engaging in shady deals.
This is after Mugabe, in 2012, assured a diamond conference that his government was committed to good governance in diamond mining, and had put in place measures to ensure transparency.
2: INFOGRAPHIC OF WHAT $15bn CAN DO TO THE ZIMBABWEAN ECONOMY
Below is an infographic depicting the estimated funds that Zimbabwe requires in its key sectors, manufacturing, mining, agriculture and maize importation, and infrastructure development.
3. IN THE NEWS…ABOUT THE $15bn DIAMOND MONEY
- Mugabe must explain diamond revenue looting
- Zim enters 2016 with $150m trade deficit
- Zim diamonds saga rages on
- Govt must account for ‘stolen’ $15bn
- The Oracle: Mugabe must resign over $15bn diamond heist
4. WHAT ZIMBABWEANS ARE THINKING ABOUT THE ‘STOLEN’$15bn
We asked our Facebook friends what they think should be done regarding President Mugabe’s claims that $15bn diamond revenue could not be accounted for in Marange?
We also asked how that money could have benefitted the Zimbabwean population?
5. HOW $15bn COULD PAY ALL OF ZIMBABWE’S DEBT
6. A TIMELINE OF DIAMONDS IN ZIMBABWE
7. HOW THE ‘STOLEN’$15bn COULD EASILY HELP ALLEVIATE THE COUNTRY’S HOUSING BACKLOG.
RESEARCH, GRAPHICS & PRESENTATION BY TAPIWA ZIVIRA