Maguwu, Soros and Zim’s diamonds

my turnIt will be noted that chaos and war are some of the best covers used by the likes of the US to steal resources from developing, countries — as they did in Iraq and as they continue to do in DRC.

DAYS before Nathaniel Manheru’s last Saturday column regarding the situation at Chiadzwa diamond fields in Manicaland, a colleague and I had discussed the implications of chaos returning to that place.

Our mutual feeling was that, with the confusion that was likely to happen following the cessation of operations by companies at the directive of Government, there would be one man rubbing his hands in glee.

His name is Farai Maguwu.

Maguwu shot to global fame through defaming Zimbabwe over its exploitation of diamonds, as he did the hatchet job for foreign interests by claiming human rights abuses at the fields, something which Western countries want to hear to justify sanctioning Zimbabwe.

In the case of diamonds, it was even more critical as Zimbabwe had just been touted to possess a quarter of known reserves in the world.

What that meant was Zimbabwe could easily flood the market with gems, and more importantly bust sanctions that had shut all other avenues of the economy.

Farai Maguwu

Farai Maguwu

Maguwu, a native of Manicaland, was a perfect candidate.

He churned out reports and dossiers of alleged human rights abuses.

Pretty soon he had the respectable titles such as “human rights researcher”, “prominent human rights activist”, “diamond expert” and so forth.

The epithets annoyed us no end, especially when naivety or carelessness allowed that to be printed in the paper of record.

The truth of the matter was Maguwu was a charlatan and opportunist, at best, and at worst a treasonous sellout.

Which he is, still.

And to cap his treachery, he was typically awarded the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award.

HRW is part of a global phalanx of organisations that pursue regime change in the developed world under the cover of human rights.

George Soros,

George Soros,

The US is the main sponsor of the regime change project and a guy called George Soros is the main actor.

Soros is a billionaire and his Open Society Institute supports a network of anti-governmental organisations that are counter-revolutionary.

Tony Cartalucci notes that, “Soros has built a global empire of networked non-governmental organisations (NGOs) allegedly promoting ‘human rights,’ ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, and ‘transparency’. His Open Society Institute funds amongst many others, Amnesty International, Global Voices, and Human Rights Watch. In reality these NGOs constitute a modern day network of imperial administrators, undermining national governments around the world and replacing them with a homogeneous ‘civil society’ that interlocks with ‘international institutions’ run from and on behalf of Wall Street and London. And contrary to popular belief, Soros has built this empire, not against ‘conservative’ ambitions, but with their full cooperation.”

There is another layer of George Soros, and by extension, HRW in the whole evil business of regime change.

Notes Cartalucci: “It is difficult to find a cause Soros’ Open Society Institute supports that is not also funded, directed, and backed by the US State Department-funded, Neo-Conservative lined National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its various subsidiaries including Freedom House, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).”

It sounds familiar.

All the latter mentioned organisations that have been key players in Zimbabwe over the past years, as they have supported anyone opposed to Government from opposition MDC and the civic society to individuals and one man organisations.

This is Maguwu’s company.

The award he was given is named after Alison Des Forges, an American historian and human rights activist who specialised in the African Great Lakes region, particularly the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

The award “celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others.”

In the citation of Maguwu’s award HRW described itself as an organisation that “collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people live free of violence, discrimination, and oppression.”

According to HRW, “Maguwu partnered with Human Rights Watch researchers to document beatings, torture, forced labour, and killings of local villagers in Marange at the hands of soldiers controlled by the Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), the one-time ruling party that still controls security in the coalition Government. . . Human Rights Watch honours Farai Maguwu for his tremendous courage in exposing abuses in Zimbabwe’s diamond fields and working to end rampant violations of human rights throughout the region.”

Anyone familiar with the tale of Chiadzwa, where illegal panners descended on the fields from far and wide, locally and internationally, would realise that the case here was never about human rights.

It was about a notorious precious stone that has the potential to bring a bloody conflict and destabilise a country and even a region.

Zimbabwe had to restore order at Chiadzwa and moreso, exploit the precious resource for its own good.

Someone apparently wanted chaos and to debar Zimbabwe from the enjoyment of its most opportune commodity.

It will be noted that chaos and war are some of the best covers used by the likes of the US to steal resources from developing, countries — as they did in Iraq and as they continue to do in DRC.

If unchecked, the situation in Chiadzwa could go out of hand — and this is what the West wanted, little wonder it never protested during the carnage, but cried blue murder when order was being restored and eventually secured.

A discussion held with a Zimbabwean, who once worked at the US Embassy in Harare couple of year ago is instructive.

He intimated that one of the things that hurt the US was Zimbabwe’s refusal to allow American companies to exploit the resource.

As we may know, international powers that Zimbabwe allowed at the fields were Russia and China, through their companies.

There couldn’t be a worse way to thumb the nose at mighty America could there?

So America did all it could to stop Zimbabwe from enjoying the extraction of diamonds.

And the US even did away with diplomatic niceties and also slapped sanctions on a Chinese company operating at Chiadzwa.

There has been a lull after Zimbabwe finally secured its rights to trade in gems on the international market – even as US hounds Zimbabwe’s money through its sanctions.

In the lull Maguwu has been quiet.

But he is smelling blood again and rubbing his hands in glee once again.

As we speak, he may as well have started receiving some dirty few pieces of silver to spoil our diamonds.

Which is what must be avoided at all costs and means.

It is hoped that authorities have taken note.

Why give the likes of Maguwu the fame they do not deserve?

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  • godfrey

    Sad! At the heart of the Chiadzwa tragedy is the failure to manage and channel a national resource for the good of the nation and not this Maguwu/George Soros narrative. This is a case of self-inflicted wounds and you can’t blame a fly coming to feast on the wound for having caused the wound in the first place. Until we learn to be guided by national interest and not narrow and selfish interests such as greed and corruption then, and only then, can we individually and collectively drive our country to sustainable national development and prosperity.

  • ian

    Its very bad for the likes of the USA to steal resources from other countries. Not only is it equally bad, it is also cruel for a few well connected individuals and their associates from China and Russia to steal a country’s resources from its citizens! Its common knowledge that the people from Marange have not benefitted anything from the diamond mining operations in their area. The country has also gained very little yet diamonds worth millions of dollars have been extracted from Marange!. Sadly, Manheru and Zvayi have decided to sweep these injustices under the carpet chosing instead to focus on the imaginary issue of regime change. Zvayi is even celebrating that some of the mining interests were given to the Russians and the Chinese, at the expense of the american companies!!! This is despite that the deals with the russian and chinese have not been beneficial to the local people at all. Wake up people- exploitation by the chinese and the russians is as equally bad as that by the Americans!

  • Samanyika 16

    Zindoga basically singing for his/her supper. Typical instead of highlighting the real issues you go on to attack the persona of someone who was basically laying the facts bare for all to see. #SIYANANASAMANYIKAWEDU