“The ministry has the pleasure that it is ready to lead and champion the economic recovery of this country through a robust, dynamic and aggressive policy to grow mining sector in Zimbabwe whose growth is currently bullish and set to contribute in excess of 50% of our GDP,” Mpofu said.
Mpofu castigated other members of the KP for denying the country to sale its diamonds saying their reasons were driven by politics.
“For a long time, our sovereign rights to trade our diamonds freely were unjustifiably denied because of the abuse of the consensus and decision making mechanism of the Kimberley Process and the politicisation of the Kimberley Process by participants with hostile foreign policies on Zimbabwe,” Mpofu added.
“It has been a long time coming, the determination and the resolve of Zimbabwe to assert its sovereign rights to its mineral wealth, although initially met with a lot of resistance, have finally yielded this victory.”
Mpofu was flanked by Youth and Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Attorney General Johannes Tomana, Zanu-PF official Christopher Mutsvangwa and senior mines ministry officials at the press conference.
Zimbabwe’s discovery of alluvial diamonds in the eastern part of the country next to Mozambique led to a diamond rush by small scale miners who were forcibly removed by police and members of the country’s security forces. Human rights organisations have said the small scale miners were killed and beaten in the process before the army secured the area.
Eddie Cross a Member of Parliament (MP) from the MDC-T raised a motion in the House of Assembly calling for the nationalisation of the Marange diamonds saying the country has not been benefitting fully from diamond sales.