Tsvangirai in UK to speak on diamond woes

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HARARE – MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is today expected to make a presentation on Zimbabwe’s experience with diamonds at the Oxford University Centre for Africa Studies in the United Kingdom.

Tsvangirai will participate in the dialogue together with former Botswana president Festus Mogae and Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Zimbabwean diamonds have been at the centre of controversy from the imposition of sanctions on companies mining them to missing revenues.

“President Tsvangirai will speak on the inter-connectedness of diamonds and politics, in particular how diamonds played a part in the sham July 31 elections and how the diamonds have only benefited those connected whilst the rest of Zimbabweans are suffering including people who live around the diamonds in Marange,” Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said.

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