Zimbabwe Revamps Mineral Laws

Zimbabwe is revamping its mines and mineral laws which have been unchanged for half a century to stop leakages and ensure sustainability of its mineral wealth.

But lawmakers and civil society groups don’t believe the Amendment Bill goes far enough to improve transparency.

During an interview earlier this year, President Robert Mugabe announced that the country had lost billions of dollars in leakages from diamond revenue.

Coordinator for Publish What You Pay, Darlington Muyambwa says they are calling for disclosure clauses within the Amendment Bill.

He says: “This is important so that mining companies will be required to disclose what they are paying in the form of revenue to the government and government disclosing what they are getting from the mining companies.”

“We also want a situation where the government tells it citizens what the revenue was used for,” adds Muyambwa.