Democratic transition has not occurred in Zimbabwe in spite of the fact that Mugabe and ZANU-PF have previously lost elections. And the reason is clear. The security sector, which for the past decade or so has been running government affairs with Mugabe and others acting as a civilian facade, has not allowed the will of the people to prevail.
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Diamonds from Zimbabwe’s notorious Marange field have been sold for the first time since the international ban on the country’s ‘blood diamonds’ was lifted. It is reported the notorious state security agency (CIO) will benefit from the revenues.
For close to a year now, the country has been steadily sliding back to the pre-June 2008 period of lawlessness, political abductions, murders and military intervention into civilian electoral affairs albeit by performing commissariat work for Zanu PF.
The southernafricareport.com says that the consignment has been negotiated by Defence Minister Emerson Mnangagwa and includes 20,000 AK-47 automatic rifles, uniforms, 12-15 trucks and about 21,000 pairs of handcuffs. With elections said to be looming next year the development is set to generate a lot of concern.
Forget the allegations about human rights abuse and slave labour, those sorts of issues play little role in the Club. It’s the possible use of these massive resources to undermine democratic States and the democratic basis of the Zimbabwe State that is critical writes Eddie Cross.
The discovery of massive diamond deposits in Zimbabwe has led to hundreds of media reports exploring the abuse of human rights and grandscale corruption. It can be difficult to keep up to date with events as they unfold, or to tease out the key story as it unfolds.
KINSHASA — The Kimberley Process watchdog on Tuesday authorised the resumption of diamond sales from two mining sites in Marange, Zimbabwe, where alleged rights violations took place. Zimbabwe conducted a KP-monitored sale last year although countries like Canada and the US opposed it.
Presentation to Parliament on the state of the diamond extractions at Marange and in support of a motion on the subject submitted for debate to the Zimbabwe House of Assembly by Eddie Cross, MDC-T MP for Bulawayo South.