Harare, Zim­babwe

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Di­a­monds fund Mu­gabe regime: Zim­babwe’s rul­ing elite are plun­der­ing the coun­try’s di­a­mond wealth to en­rich them­selves and fund the feared in­tel­li­gence ser­vice. The an­ti­cor­rup­tion group Global Wit­ness said in a re­port this week that the coun­try’s di­a­monds are chan­neled through a com­plex net­work of firms based in for­mer Bri­tish colonies, in­clud­ing Hong Kong, the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, and South Africa. Zim­babwe has of­fi­cially ex­ported more than $2.5 bil­lion in di­a­monds since 2010, the re­port said, but only $300 mil­lion has made it into the gov­ern­ment trea­sury. Three-quar­ters of Zim­bab­weans live in poverty amid crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture and high un­em­ploy­ment.

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