|Ambush on Zim escalates tensions|
|Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00|
Brezhnev Malaba in WASHINGTON DC
Shocked by the audacity of the attacks on the Marange mining operations and fearing that the plenary could degenerate to a farce, the outgoing US chair of the KP, Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, swiftly apologised to Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu and the rest of the Zimbabwe delegation.
Ms Muller, who works as a researcher for the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC), alleged that “open threats” were made against a civil society activist by Government officials following the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference which was held in Victoria Falls from November 12 to 13.
“Some people have called Marange a KP success. But if Marange were a true success, the re-definition of conflict diamonds would not be an issue at all,” said Ms Muller.
The BICC is an EU-sponsored organisation established in 1994 and headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
The focus of its work is “the conversion of military facilities and equipment to civilian purposes”, and this entails “the re-allocation of military expenditures, restructuring of the defence industry, closure of military bases, and demobilisation”.
Western-funded NGOs have in recent years accused Zimbabwe of militarising the Marange diamond operations.
BICC’s latest propaganda onslaught is meant to peddle the allegation at the international level.
Minister Mpofu described the behaviour of Western-funded NGOs as unacceptable.