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Witness: Zimbabwe failing to account for missing $2 billion
October 18, 2013
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Global Witness says more
than $2 billion in revenues Zimbabwe derives in taxes from mining
companies is still missing from state coffers with no one to officially
The organization campaigns
against natural resource-related conflict and corruption. But the
Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) has dismissed the
Global Witness reports though its previous chairman is under investigation
for alleged corruption.
Global Witness spokesperson
Emily Amistead says she fears the money will be used to oppress
the parliamentary mines committee also point to shady dealings in
diamond fields. The report says powerful officials, politicians
and police and army commanders repeatedly tried to thwart the probe
into diamond dealings.
Former Finance Minister
Tendai Biti throughout his tenure complained that money generated
from the sale of diamonds was not being brought to Treasury.
ZMDC chairperson Florence
Gowora said diamond operations in Marange are transparent.
But human rights and
senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, Dewa Mavhinga, said the
situation in Marange is worrying.
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