NGOs To Tour Marange Diamond Mines

The NGOs are expected to tour Marange diamond fields including the four mines which are mining in the Chiadzwa area, as government moves to clear its image regarding the Marange diamond mining which has been mired by controversy.
 
“We are going to tour Chiadzwa on Wednesday. It is going to be a State assisted tour,” an official from a local NGO said on condition of anonymity.
 
Zimbabwe government over the last years had cordoned the Marange area which has over 70,000 hectares of diamond fields.
 
Only last year the government allowed journalists from state media and selected local and independendent media houses were allowed to tour four diamond mines–Anjin, Mbada, Diamond Mining Company (DMC) and Marange Resources as well as to tour the relocation houses where some of the families that were moved from Marange are now being accommodated.
 
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai also toured Marange diamond mines in February where he called for more “transparency” in the diamond mining sector which has seen mostly former and serving military or security personnel security posts in all the mines that are mining gems in Marange.
 
Families which were relocated have called for the mining companies to compensate them as per their promises. Hundreds are still to be relocated.