Soldiers At Chiadzwa Kill Illegal Miner

The illegal miner died at Mutambara Mission Hospital, Chimanimani, from injuries sustained from the beating.

Security sources told Radio VOP that after severely beating him the soldiers dumped the illegal miner at a bushy area in the fields.

Fellow illegal miners later found him and took him to Mutambara Mission Hospital where medical staff had initially refused to admit him insisting on a police report because he had been seriously injured.

“He was found by colleagues who took him to Mutambara Mission Hospital where he was admitted,” said the source.

He died two days later and was buried at Satiya in Biriri, Chimanimani, the source said. 

News that soldiers had fatally assaulted the illegal miner, known as Gweja, come at a time when Obert Mpofu, Zimbabwe’s mines minister, is in St Petersburg, Russia lobbying stakeholders in the diamond industry attending a World Diamond Council summit to certify diamonds from Chiadzwa.

President Robert Mugabe’s government is desperate for the certification as it will enable Harare to sell its diamonds on the international markets without any problems.

The Kimberley Process (KP) failed to reach a consensus on whether the diamonds from Chiadzwa should be certified or not during their meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel last month and referred the matter to the WDC summit.

The country says it has stockpiled diamonds worth $1, 6 billion an amount needed to help resuscitate the economy.