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Zimbabwe: Govt. urged to have a substantive diamond policy to protect citizens from companies

‘Concern Over Lack of Diamond Policy’ 9 January 2020

A civic society organization has raised concerns over the lack of a substantive diamond policy, despite government's stance that the policy is publicly accessible. Centre for Research and Development director James Mupfumi said government was erroneously entering into joint venture agreements guided by an opaque policy which is not publicly accessible. Mupfumi said this exposes government to manipulation by international oligopolies, while putting social, economic and environmental rights of the people at the mercy of companies.

…"Surprisingly government has since announced that there is a policy regulating the diamond industry which also ensures that communities benefit from directly from diamonds. "However, there has been queries on the Diamond policy meeting expectations of the locals and these questions remains unanswered despite the coming in of new investors, Alarosa and recently we heard of Vast Resources. "We need to interrogate current policy interventions and their implications on the mining sector, in particular communities should be aware of the laws to ensure that they are protected," said Mupfumi.

…"The Diamond policy which we have has 4 companies approved by government ZCDC, Alarosa, Anjin and Murowa- for all prospective miners they can go into a joint venture with these companies- these have capacity to adhere to KP standards. "There won't be a license given directly to Vast Resources but will be given to a joint venture company of one for the four companies listed in the policy, we understand the interest is on the community stake for the community," said Muchinguri.