Mines Ministry unaware of diamond policy assistance to Zim...despite Emmerson Mnangagwa's claims

February 22, 2018, 6:11pm

The Ministry of mines and energy has denied knowledge of any assistance being rendered to the Zimbabwean government with regards to coming up with a comprehensive diamond policy in spite of claims by president Emmerson Mnangagwa in the country’s state controlled newspaper, The Herald.  

The Zimbabwean interim president was quoted a few weeks ago saying that his country had started discussions with Namibia and Botswana in connection with coming up with its own diamond policy.

“In Zimbabwe, yes we have diamonds, but we do not really have a diamond policy. We are now crafting the policy, discussing with Botswana, Namibia and Angola to assist us in formulating a diamond policy for Zimbabwe,” said Mnangagwa.

It is not clear yet whether Mnangagwa’s government has started engaging Namibia or not, but the ministry has suggested that it was not in the know of any overtures from the Zimbabwean counterparts on the said policy.