LATEST: Diamond workers nail companies in missing $15 billion
Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
Workers at diamond mining companies that were operating at Chiadzwa say there were high chances of pilferage of the precious mineral which could have resulted in the country losing about $15 billion.
President Mugabe revealed last month during his 92nd birthday interview with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation that the country received less than $2 billion out of a possible $15 billion from the Chiadzwa diamonds where more than five companies were licensed to operate.
The Zimbabwe Diamond Miners Workers Union (ZDMWU) told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment chaired by Zanu-PF MP for Gokwe-Nembudziya, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena that proceeds from diamonds extraction were not commensurate with money derived from their sale.
ZDMWU president, Mr Francis Matinyarare said Government should have consulted the workers when the companies were still operating in Chiadzwa which could have limited the scale of diamond leaks.
“It is clear from the fact that these miners while still mining they could not pay workers. Which means something terribly wrong was happening,” said Mr Matinyarare.
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