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Zimbabwe: NGO alleges police indiscriminately shot at illegal diamond miners in Marange, killing 1 and injuring many

Author: Centre for Research & Development (Zimbabwe), Published on: 15 June 2016

"Police in heavy handed battles with diamond panners as diamond mergers stall in Marange", 14 June 2016

...[P]olice operatives have become [heavy] handed in their bid to control diamond panners invading the diamond fields with fatal results. The biting economic hardship in Zimbabwe is driving hundreds of mostly unemployed youth[s] into panning for diamonds in protected diamond fields of Marange. Diamond mining in Marange has benefitted elites at the expense of the communities. Crispen Dlamini aged 38 from Rusape, Tinashe Matanda aged 21 from Mutare and Norest Munjoma aged 28 from Marange were this week victims of police indiscriminate shooting in Marange diamond fields. The victims are all married, unemployed and cannot support their families. Zimbabwe’s unemployment figures are alarmingly standing at over 80%. The exploitation of natural resources in Zimbabwe has a potential to generate employment and turn around the economy if it is properly managed. Crispen died from bullet wounds to his head.

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Related companies: Anjin (joint venture Anhui Foreign Economic Construction, Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation & Govt. of Zimbabwe) Marange Resources (part of Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation) Mbada Diamonds (joint venture New Reclamation Group & Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation) Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC)