Mining Company Bosses Banned Over Blood Diamonds Claim

The Associated Press quoted Goodwills Masirembwa who is the chairman of the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) as saying all 12 directors of a company called Core Mining have been banned from doing business in Zimbabwe because of accusations they dealt in blood diamonds and were involved in African civil wars.
Core put up $1.5 million last year to enter into a partnership with Masirembwa’s corporation. Masirembwa says the company never came up with the rest of a promised $2 billion and never explored or mined in the Chiadzwa diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe.
Diamonds mined at Chiadzwa are at the centre of a row between the government and human rights activists.Rights groups have accused soldiers guarding the diamonds fields in Marange area of commiting massacres of local villagers.
The government denies the accusations.Meanwhile, the Southern Times newspaper which is based in Namibia has urged Zimbabwe to resume selling the diamonds mined in Chiadzwa as soon as the Jerusalem meeting is over.The paper which has a slant towards the Harare government said there was no doubt the Chiadzwa diamonds meet the requirements set by the international watchdog-the Kimberley Process.Attempts to reach Core directors were not immediately successful.
-AP
Additional reporting by Radio Vop.