AMHVoices: Nothing to show for Chiadzwa diamonds

Chiadzwa diamond mining is now history. The people of Zimbabwe are the real owners of this wealth, but we have never benefited.

By Pardon Makunike,Our Reader

Only the death, harassment and dog bites on our kinsmen was the price we paid for the selfish enrichment of mining firms.

The victims had seen how few people were getting rich out of our natural resources that must be shared equally among the sons and daughters of the soil and those victims could not stand that.

Truly, there is no glory in trespassing in the Chiadzwa fields.

The Marange diamond fields were said to be one of the most lucrative in the world yet people living in the vicinity were suffering from food shortages and other economic problems.

To talk of poverty in a diamond-rich country is an oxymoron.

The community has nothing to show to this day for its natural endowment.

Even those in government are failing to explain what actually took place with the diamond firms in Marange.


  1. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    The little diamonds discovered in the late 60s or early 70s in Botswana made a significant positive difference for the Batswana nation.Today it is hailed as a continental success story,thanks to the astute and visionary political leadership of that country which prioritises delivery of public goods and services and also raised the standard of lives for the Batswana nation.This contrasts sharply with Zimbabwe’s self leadership which prioritises individual chefs and their families who externalise proceeds of this natural found gift to fund their lifestyles in foreign lands.

  2. There is something to show for Diamonds, look at the properties the First Lady is buying and the luxurious life style the famed two boys are leaving in SA ,more so the countless trips to Singapore by our President for treatment, its all in the name of what was reaped from those fields whilst the majority of us were fast asleep and snoring.

  3. Vusumuzi wako Mange

    You have to just look at how affluent our so-called leadership is, it is all shameful when you juxtapose their affluence with the general penury of the people. God have mercy on us.

  4. what to show is just people who were killed there by police ,soldiers, police dogs and the displacement of people therefrom , who were dispossesed of their land esp, those on polygamy…..nothing more

    1. Guess it all boils down to a state machinery made up of a mafia army and police dogs who will jump onto any innocent civilian and maul them to death at the instigation of the fat pot-bellied politicians.

  5. Such is Africa’s luck. Too much wealth creates either war or unashamed filthy corruption. Congo would be the richest country in the world, Nigeria would be far more developed that Qatar, if we knew how to manage our resources. But kudos to Botswana, a lone shining beacon.

  6. After taking the economy to themselves and running down everything ndipo paunonzwa rimwe richiti tinovadzosa mu office….CHERO UCHIDYAWO TUMAFUFUFU FROM ZANUPF BOSSES’S TABLE YOU MUST CHECK THE NUMBER OF YEARS ZIMBABWE SPENT UNDER ZANUPF WITHOUT ANYTHING TO SHOW THEIR CAPABILITY TO RUN THIS ECONOMY.

  7. Ini ndakati ndinoda donor rinoti torai zvombo izvi vana ve Zimbabwe murwire nyika yenyu idzoke kubva mu hutapwa hwe Zanu pf.Lets fight these company mining at Chiadzwa diamonnds fields.Matsotsi aya

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