July 20th, 2010
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The World Diamond Council recently announced that Zimbabwe will be allowed to sell its diamonds by September after an agreement was made with the Kimberly Process, which monitors trade in the precious stones to stop the use of blood diamonds’ to fuel conflicts.

This decision comes after much wrangling because the Zimbabweans say they need to earn foreign currency from the sale of the diamonds, while the Kimberly Process was concerned about reports of human rights abuses at Zimbabwe's Marange diamond fields.

The Zimbabwe army is accused of killing and torturing hundreds of illegal diggers in the Marange diamond fields in 2006, which prompted the international community to stop buying Zimbabwean diamonds.

Now the Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is one of the opposition leaders for the Movement for Democratic Change, has won a small victory by getting the green light for the sale of two batches of diamonds, which will take place under strict monitoring and regulation.

All in all, Zimbabwe says it holds a stockpile of 4 million carats of Marange diamonds, worth about $1.7 billion.

For Biti, selling just some of these will help boost the economy and offset the lack of donor aid, which has not come flooding into the country after a political agreement was made between Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF and the opposition MDC. Zimbabwe’s international debt is estimated at about 5.5 billion dollars.

So my question is, do you think this is a good thing? Should Zimbabwe be given a chance to sell diamonds to help earn much-needed revenue for its bankrupted state coffers? Or is this decision premature and are the abuses at the Marange diamond fields still occurring?



soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. tim

    Every country has its state coffers, in US these state coffers have resulted in causing a banking crisis. Let Zimbabwe sell its diamond, they will deal with their state coffers.

    In anyway under KP definition Zimbabwe diamonds cannot be classified as"conflict diamonds" which are described as "rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments".

    Zimbabwe government is a legitimate government. Let them exercise their right to their mineral resources.

    July 20, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  2. Takunda Maodza

    Zimbabwe should be allowed to export its diamonds.The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme monitor to Zimbabwe Mr Abbey Chikane has made it clear that Zimbabwe has met the minimum KP requirements and it only makes sense that the country be allowed to trade in its diamonds.

    July 20, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  3. Roger

    The diamonds will be sold with or without the Kimberley Process. It is better to do it with some sort of control than the diamonds all flow to the black market.
    I saw an interesting article on the subject at the DiamondNe.ws website.

    http://www.diamondne.ws/2010/07/16/crisis-averted-by-last-minute-agreement-on-zimbabwe-diamonds/

    July 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  4. Concerned

    What a circus ! It goes beyond belief that KP actually wants me to believe that they are sincere in fighting blood diamonds. Political agendas and financial greed trampled the noble aspirations of KP. It seems that more than one African country has no interest in widening the definition of blood diamonds to include governments.

    KP has no credibility anymore – they are "legitimizing blood diamonds forever" and "empowering illegitimate dictatorships forever". I will not buy any diamonds any more – regardless of their origin, or the availibility of a KP certificate. I will not "sell my soul forever". All diamonds are now blood diamonds and it truth they are merely overabundant worthless stones – the public being deceived into valuing them so highly.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  5. Wise Ngwenya

    Zimbabwe's diamonds have never been blood diamonds because they did not fall under the KPCS defination of "blood diamonds". KPCS ended up trying to change the defination of "blood diamonds" just to ensure Zimbabwe is frustated. Zimbabweans across the political divide were united that diamonds from Marange aint "blood diamonds". During the land reforms, we were united again in our opposition to government action, that is forceable take over of farm land from white farmers.
    Accusations against the Zimbabwean army are mere accusations, as a tax payer who foots the bill for our army, I'm happy to have them deployed in Marange and prevent outbreak of war as happened in Sierra Leone, DRC or Angola where illegal miners took control and look what happened in those countries. Chaos and civil war prevailed, up to now ordinary citizens in those countries.
    It is not the job of NGOs or some foreign governments to effect government change is Zimbabwe. We Zimbabweans demonstrated patience when we were faced with starvation and chose peace rather than forceable and catastrophic removal of ZANU pf. Look at countries were these folks tried to effect regime change,look at Iraq.

    As an ordinary Zimbabwean, I'm actually surprised that NGOs who claim to have our interest at heart can call for the army to leave Marange & live with the potentia chaos & loss of life that would result.

    It is a good thing to certify Marange diamonds, not just for the money/revenue but peace and the avoidance of civil war. Let's give credit where its due, Zimbabweans authorities could have quit KPCS and just started dumping diamonds into international markets & depressed prices, but they have been patient.
    Finally I hope the Zimbabwean government did not bribe to get this go ahead to sell diamonds, there were rumours of NGOs demanding 1% of diamond revenue but journalist were not interested in the story

    July 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  6. lilian

    diamonds could really boost these aling economy but with the lack of united goverment it may turn out to be like the blood diamonds in liberia or the oil cartels in nigeria which have ruined these countries leaving the poor more poorer and neglected and the rich influncial people prospering enormously

    July 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  7. SaManyika

    Its just amazing how the West, led by Britain, will never forgive us for taking our farmland back from the descendents of British colonialists.
    I lived in the town of Mutare at the time of the alleged "killings and tortures" and its just amazing how they have been exagerated by the Western media, especially the BBC. The simple fact of the matter was that the security forces were brought in to secure the diamond fields. There had been a noticeable influx of foreign looters, including Israelis, Lebanese, Indians, Pakistanis and many more, all of whom had entered the country illegally. It was thus imperative for the government to secure the diamond fields. Britain just has to learn that they will never own Zimbabwe again. They can lie to world about what is happenning in Zimbabwe today but more importantly, we the people of Zimbabwe know Britain's intent as regards to our country. Our country will never be a British banana republic...never ever.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  8. Rob

    Let them sell their God – given diamonds. God ain't no fool & he "dropped' the diamonds in Marange for a good reason; to save the children of Zimbabwe. What human rights are we talking about? The world enjoys Middle Eastern without question and yet a lot of those countries are the worst on the human rights index.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  9. Brian Allan

    No!

    Diamond sales by Zimbabwe will do nothing for the average person in the country. It will just make the "corrupt few" richer. The total mismanagement of the country after independence is evidence of this...

    July 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  10. Ben

    As a reporter isn't it your job to find out things like whether or not there is still abuse at Marange? There are ways to get your readers involved other than leaving out important information.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  11. SimbaraShe

    Of-cause Zimbabwe should sell its diamonds, THEY ARE ZIMBABWES DIAMOMDS. Nobody has ever tried to stop British and American Oil companies from selling their oil because of the abuses perpetrated by both countries in Iraq. And yet you loose sleep over a government which tried the only way it could to restore order in an area which had been invaded by criminals from all over sub-Saharan Africa.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  12. Lynda

    I want to know for a fact that these aren't Conflict Diamonds. I do not support torture and genocide over some pretty rocks.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  13. gk247

    They should have people from other countries watch them, and make sure all is done by the rules

    July 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  14. Stephen S. Pacarar

    Yes, they should be allowed to sell their diamonds.
    I also don't see why diamonds are allowed to be virtually controlled by the DeBeers family, which artificially elevates their value, through limited distribution.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  15. Levent Inanc

    It should be given a chance to Zimbabwe to sell diamonds and to help the battered economy, provided these are not blood diamonds. They should ensure first that all is legal, and these money will not be used by human rights violators. But could you have trust in them? It's highly likely that many bureaucrats will pocket considerable amount of that probable sell of diamonds. I think that the Zimbabweans shoud agree to be transparent about mining fields, and to a strict control of money flow from diamonds by neutral observers.

    July 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  16. kbaredge126c

    Who are we to tell this country when how and if they can sell their diamonds. Of course the proceeds will never benefit the poor. I'm sure the corrupt politicos have already spent the money.

    July 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  17. William Marlowe

    No. Until that Dictator allows real free elections. NO

    July 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  18. Bosh

    why not? I mean it is Zimbabwean Diamond not UK to be honest. the story of blood Diamond is a scenario written and directed by west to enable them control Africa, that is disgusting.

    July 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  19. Tomaz

    I think Zimbabwe shouldn't export a single diamond until Mugabe and his thugs are in power. The vast majority of money will go towards funding the elite and their continuous destruction of the once-rich land.

    I sympathize with the plight of the vast majority of Zimbabweans, but allowing hard cash in the hands of those directly responsible for their plight will only make things worse. Allowing their country to be plundered of it's wealth further won't help them in neither short nor long run. A full and strict embargo on diamond trade with Zimbabwe is, unfortunately, the lesser evil.

    July 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  20. leslie Maruziva

    If ever there was an opportunity to demonstrate that a developing country can claw its way out of poverty, this is it. Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans have suffered over the years and most had initially welcomed the GNU as an opportunity to finally see some progress in the country. So much was said about aid but clearly the conditions for that aid have not been met. Instead, for a country with so much natural resources, perhaps this is a great opportunity to allow it the room it needs to recover. Clearly the corrupt officials will need to be kept in check but for goodness' sake let Zimbabwe sell its minerals to allow it and its long suffering people to recover.

    July 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  21. Glebeeler

    Biblically: we have reached the days of the Mark of the Beast and if Zimbabwe does not have that mark (i.e. think like us (forehead) or act like us (right hand) then they should neither sell nor buy until they accept the Mark of the Beast!

    Economically: Zimbabwe is a sovereign state and it should be able to profit from its resources in order to aleviate the suffering of its people upon whom we have imposed death-grip sanctions. E.g. AIDS medicines are 4X more expensive in Zimbabwe than in Germany. Why? Where is the compassion for the ordinary Zimbabwean?

    Logically: If Zimbabwe can find buyers for any of its goods then let them sell. Do we impose sanctions on Egypt? Yet we know that opposition is not free there. Do we sanction Saudi Arabia? Or China? Are we picking on Zimbabwe only because they do not have nuclear weapons? What message does this send to North Korea?

    July 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  22. Chiranth

    What has happend was in the past. Many lessons would have been learnt after the international community ostracized Zimbabwe for the time that they have. Also, the revenue generated by the sale of diamonds is very much needed to bring back peace, normalcy and efficient adminstration in Zimbabwe. Hence Zimbabwe should be allowed to trade diamonds.

    July 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  23. DonSmith

    Hi,If they rid of Mougabe let them sell anything but diamonds!

    July 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  24. m hancock

    It is so profoundly wrong to allow this illigitimate regime to sell these diamond.
    What more evidence does the World community need to come to the realisation that these are blood diamonds.

    The original miners, destitute Zimbabweans beaten by police, murdered, dispossed of their property so that the the elite,( Army, corrupt Chiefs and the ministers in Mugabes' government, and , of course the Tyrant himself ), can benefit...none of these ill gotten gains will ever reach the poor of zimbabwe

    July 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  25. Nelson

    Obviously the possibilities of blood diamonds worries me. If there was a way for officials to be able to go and check the sources of the diamonds (e.g. inspect work locations for human right abuses), then I would be more in support of this.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  26. borboleta

    If the diamonds are not sold legally and officially then what happens to them? If they are not allowed to sell the diamonds, then Zim gvt will blame "the West" for not allowing them to "fully exploit" the country's resources to get out of the economic rut they ushered the country into.
    Corruption and poor-government :: story of Africa, it's not going to change. Africa can't be protected from itself by international standards, I'm African, Zimbabwean and this is our sad truth.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  27. G Rivers

    They may as well sell them, because I believe they are currently being sold on the "Black Market," and profits are limited to a selected few. Just like illegal drugs. As long as certain drugs are illegal, the prices are high but only a few profit. Once the drugs are legal, the market becomes very competitive and the sales price goes down. However, more people benefit from the sales.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  28. tim

    Yes they should.People are hungry and are dying.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  29. m hancock

    The abuses in the Marange diamond fields carries on today as we speak and will continue while Mugabe can steel the money to be made from them.
    The money from these sales will not find its way into the economy no matter what mr Biti says, only into the back pockets of the scoundrels afore mentioned
    These proceeds only serve to prop up a regime that opresses their citizens in the most brutal way imagined, the world can no longer turn away from the human rights violations perpetrated by this evil man, Mugabe!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  30. Michael

    Looks like blood can be washed off in the light of demand for shine or bling or "I am a tastless bride of frankenstine" OR AKA Who has the biggest ROCK..... I said ROCK keep your minds out of the gutter.

    July 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  31. Eddie M

    Zimbabwe is a sovereign state that is equal to any other. Canada is involed in blood diamonds in the DRC but no-one says a thing about it.

    Let Zimbabwe sell their diamonds in the open because they will do so anyways.

    July 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  32. Ed Chihambakwe

    What should they do with them – eat them?

    July 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  33. ChellBellz

    Seems like a catch 22. I more then anybody would love to see these countries in africa catching up and updating their technology. Then a part of me knows how easy is to corrupt the governments once money is involved.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  34. stylestarsarah

    Yes if it in the good intention for the nation PEACE PEACE PEACE

    July 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  35. danny

    in my opinion, YES. this is a good thing.
    these people deserves a better living too, why not give them a chance, it's theirs anyway.
    abuses at the Marange diamond fields, i believe still occurs, and that's for their local authorities to look into.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  36. Chris C

    The World Diamond Council is a corrupt organization whose sole purpose is to ensure that diamonds do not enter the market in quantity. This whole "blood" designation for diamonds is utterly ridiculous. It is used as a means to ensure that countries that do not work from within the World Diamond Council's designs have their diamonds blacklisted, lest they disrupt the price fixing. We don't see "blood" designations for other resources obtained in countries with less-than-scrupulous human rights records, and yet somehow it appears for diamonds, a resource with very weak value when not price-fixed.

    I would love to see Zimbabwe, among other countries, flood the market with diamonds, destroying their price (not *value*).

    July 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  37. Tendai

    It is their very right too and no one should be there to tell when ,who, how to sale them. When is this going to stop of some people playing big brother

    July 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Zimbabwean

    Yes – Zimbabwe should be given a little more leeway to allow for their democratic mold to shape. The sanctions on Zimbabwe have been very unfair and if anything very tactful, the western world is aware of just how much Zimbabwe is worth in natural minerals. By demonizing Zimbabwean politics and painting a horrible portrait the west have managed to squeeze Zimbabwean to a point that they would be almost willing to give away their land and resources, thank the heavens Zimbabweans have proved to be more resilient – fare and just trade should be encouraged I can not believe Kimberly laws still dictate the rules and yet the biggest buyers of commercial jewelry are black people.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Gary

    Let's be honest, the decision is not whether they should be allowed to sell diamonds because they have already off loaded $30MM without Kimberley Process approval. At least now with the approval the boys in the club can get top dollar!!!

    The simple reason they approved Zimbabwe is, if they didn't, the market would have been flooded with cheap raw diamonds to places like Belgium where they are cut and polished and made untraceable, joining all the squeaky clean diamonds "conflict free"

    Seriously, the tragedy when the Marange fields were cleared of "gwejas" is not the reason the sales should be blocked/regulated. It was an unfortunate sacrifice that bought valuable time as the human rights groups lead the battle. The reality is those deaths while inhumane where an uncomfortable cuticle on a continent that has countries awash with blood shed.

    The real reason Zimbabwe should be banned/regulated is the funding will keep a paranoid despot, destined for The Hague, at the helm. The revenue will fill the Zanu PF coffers, emptied as a consequence of his life long dream; to turn the average crooked businessman into a successful commercial farmer over night.

    The solution to the diamond saga is to get a country like Botswana to market the Marange diamonds, with the transparent revenue going straight into the Finance Minsters account. This will benefit Zimbabweans but don't believe for one second "the boys" won't smuggle diamonds out; this is assured as the sun will rise tomorrow.

    The certification has "conditions" but the truth is they will never be fulfilled and diamonds will flow.

    In South Africa they have understandably begun killing Zimbabweans who compete for the finite number of jobs that feed extended families. Can you imagine being persecuted wherever you go to make a new life?

    Zimbabwe was once a country filled with the most amazing smiles, I believe one day this will be true again.

    July 21, 2010 at 2:15 am |
  40. Melanie

    How could we know if the abuses at the Marange diamond fields are still occurring? If they are, then of course not. If everything is fine, then they should be able to sell them so they are working for, and earning some revenue, rather than getting charity from countries who are already trillions of dollars in debt and can't even take care of their own people.

    July 21, 2010 at 2:44 am |
  41. Russ

    Yes, if not they will just become "blood diamonds". Oh wait didn't someone say that the supply of diamonds is to be going away? Meh, I can't afford them anyways.

    July 21, 2010 at 2:49 am |
  42. J. Lammerding

    You will never stop the trade on conflict diamonds. They target diamonds because they are worth far more then any other gemstone. All minerals are mined by corrupt Governments, Rebels , Freedom fighters, and etc. Colored stones are just the same as diamonds when it comes to conflicts to support buying firearms and moving money around undetected. The Kimberly Process is way to keep the price of diamonds high just another way of price fixing...

    July 21, 2010 at 3:33 am |
  43. SomeGuy

    I doubt that preventing the sale of these diamonds will prevent the violence. Also I think it would be better for the Zimbabwean gov't to sell them legitimately rather than through a black market system. I bet there will be more scrutiny from human rights activists if the diamonds are sold through legal means.

    July 21, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  44. kolobe

    i dont believe this questions is even being asked.these diamonds belong to who?people around the world buy us products that fund wars in oil rich countries. claiming to look for weapons of mass destruction. zimbabwe is not invading any country. am from south africa and hope the zimbabwean economy picks up. it would be good for us with so many migrants here

    July 21, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  45. roxanne helderberg

    The Zimbabwe diamonds are not "blood diamonds" as white supremests want the world to believe. The kimberley process bans diamonds whose sell is used to finance wars. There is no war in Zimbabwe. All political sides in Zimbabwe have been calling for the ban to be lifted. The citizens of Zimbabwe need the revenue. I know the problem behind the ban. The Marange Diamond Fields were controlled by WHITES. When the government took these fields over, in the usual fashion, the whiteman's countries tried to impose sanctions.

    July 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  46. cyclopes

    NO! THEY SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO SELL THAT DIAMONDS NOT UNLESS MUGABE WILL BE OUT OF THE PICTURE IN ZIMBABWE.

    July 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  47. dr lavu

    good for the people of zimbabwe

    July 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  48. mike

    yes it would be a good thing because it will help solve the poverty in africa..... and help lessen the cartel of diamonds.....

    July 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  49. john

    Not unless Mugabe Resigns.

    July 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  50. Shawn

    I don't believe empowering this dictator will help the current situation but only prolong his violent regime's life span. I say we should let this country fail, let the people take Mugabe out of power and then we can help rebuild the country.

    July 22, 2010 at 6:01 am |
  51. H Makoni

    If Zimbabwe has complied with KPCS standards then there is no need to answer the above question. Compliance is not debatable. Either an operation complies or doesnt. The auditor/monitor Chikane has said Zimbabwe complies.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  52. Christian Allard

    Some MPs in London are saying yes to Zimbabwe diamonds sale

    Blood money: the MPs cashing in on Zimbabwe's misery

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blood-money-the-mps-cashing-in-on-zimbabwes-misery-856583.html

    July 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  53. Iyanabobe

    Zimbabwe should be allowed to sell their diamond and go into investment. This will enable zimbabwe to stop depending on international comminities for donors thanks. Iyanabobe from Port harcourt Nigeria

    July 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  54. akwa

    why not this is an independent nation like any other nation,beside those placing the sanctions ,do there even understand that it is the poor that suffers during sanctions?

    July 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  55. simbarashe

    the Zim people are people & humans too they shuld be allowed 2 sell their diamonds why is it the Western media is biased abt Zim most of the stuff yu guys its nt tru y ZIM,In my view MUGABE is a champion of Africa thats y he is widely respcted by evry AFRICAN

    July 23, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  56. Lori Maurer

    No way should Zim be allowed to sell the diamonds. The country is bankrupt due to Mugabe and his cronies turning every thing from maize donated to fee the poor to the diamonds into cash to build their own wealth. Mugabe has enough money he's stolen for himself to bring the country out of it economic ditch and to feed all the starving people of Zimbabwe. Why give him more?

    July 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  57. Lori Maurer

    Mike> it would not stop poverty. The proceeds would all go into Mugabe and his Zanu-PF favorites pockets. He even sells donations to the poor for himself. AND they kill poverty stricken citizens who try to get a few diamonds to relieve their own situation. The mug wants it all.

    July 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  58. Michael Sinclair

    No, it should not be allowed. The world must do everything it can to stop Mugabe and his criminals raping the poor people of everything they have. Yes the MDC is trying, but we all know that the government will use the cash to line their own pockets. Watch what happens, none of the diamond money will be used to pay off the debts or help run the country, it will all disappear, as if by magic. The government has to be starved out of power.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  59. isee nightly

    I should rather rephrase that question. It shouild be "should Robert Mugabe be able to sell his diamonds. His generals have been murdering the population around the diamond mines and plundering the diamonds for themselves.
    So who do you really think will benefit from the sale of these diamonds . Not de Beers and definitely not the people of Zimbabwe. Only Bob and his band of bandits.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  60. Melusi

    Zimbabwe will recover if they sell diamonds. Zimbabwe needs trade not AID. We hope and pray CHINA ,India, Brazil and South Africa continue to grow economically so that African countries can trade freely not the way US and UK has been looting in the name of trade then give AID as to cover up the evil greedy act. Let Zimbabwe trade then people will get jobs and feed there families. Some may say diamonds will benefit Mugabe and his crooks but thats a lie, let Zimbabwe trade and people will get jobs and look after there families

    July 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  61. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    It's premature to allow Zimbabwe to sell diamonds , because Robert Mugabe is still at the helm of affairs in the country. If diamonds from Zimbabwe is accepted in the world market, the proceeds would largely be used to buttress an unpopular government with one of the worst human rights records.
    If you recall, Mugabe sent prosperous farmers who had contributed enormously to the fortunes of the country and had provided jobs for thousands of Zimbabweans packing and confiscated their farms leaving them to waste away in the hands of those who know little or nothing about mechanized farming or any kind of farming at all.
    Party hacks whose stock- in- trade has always been looting and killing innocent citizens of the country who dare raise a voice against them.
    The world should not permit the same mistake of allowing diamonds from Sierra-leon into the world market during the civil strife in that country.They're known by no other names.They're bloody and toxic.
    They're used for oppression and other forms of human rights abuses.
    For now, Zimbabwe should look for other sources of revenue to fuel its economy until a democratically elected government is in power.

    July 24, 2010 at 2:49 am |
  62. Outback Academic

    Not till Mugabe loses power. The same as the South African embargo in the past, or is it because its a black regime the rules will be different?

    July 24, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  63. Stephen Matenga

    YES, YES, YES. Zimbabwe has a natural right to benefit from its natural resurces. Banning the Zimbabwe Diamonds is an extension of the already existing illegal sanctions placed by Britain and its allies, the same countries who want Zimbabwe diamonds banned. In any case, Zimbabwe will find its own way around, just like they survived illegal British sanctions.

    July 24, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  64. td

    yes Zim should be allowed to sell, its diamonds.By putting restrictions on the free trading , will result in the black market flourishing and it will benefit only the elite, rather sell them openly and improve the economy for every citizen to enjoy.

    July 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  65. john

    why are we even asking the question? Should countries have nuclear weapons? I wonder whats more dangerous.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  66. David

    Let the folks who don't want the sale to then buy them theirselves?

    July 26, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  67. maz

    There has been no political agreement between Mugabe's ZANU-PF and Tsvangirai's MDC. There has only been bickering and haggling over who should control which part of the state. The purported "agreement" was Mugabe's device to gain more time to extend his "reign". In the meantime Mugabe has made no concessions to democracy whatsoever, if not in the form of smoke in the eyes of the onlookers. Unfortunately for the people of Zimbabwe the tyrant has led the country's economy into a relentless nosedive and the bad news is that they have not stopped diving yet......which means that they cannot look forward to pulling out of it any time soon. The question that is being posed is: "should we allow Mugabe to sell his diamonds?" No we should not. My view is: he may as well dress with them mayonnaise and eat them.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  68. Karen former Zim resident

    It is wonderful that Zimbabwe has found a way to help itself again. If the corrupt government can stay out of it and not take the money to spread amoungst its officials then it will work. If they continue to operate as normal, the people of Zimbabwe will see no improvements or additions staples in the country. Amazingly sad that a country that was once known as the breadbasket of Southern Africa is now one of the poorest nations on the continent. Of course, President Mugabe built himself a multi million dollare retirement house....no thought to the villagers who are eating roots to keep from starving to death.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:20 am |
  69. Touch of class

    i believe zimbabwe should sell its own diamonds, despite the fact that a lot of people at chiyadzwa.Maybe things can start working again.....

    July 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  70. Tashinga ZveZimbabwe

    I am a white Zimbabwean and a former employee of the government, I ceased my duties down to the politicization of the department I was with and have had to use a psuedonym for this reason. Under normal circumstances I would agree that we should be allowed to export our diamonds; however, Zimbabwe's circumstances are not normal and I am surprised this deal has been made. Zimbabwe's diamonds and wealth belongs to the people of Zimbabwe and now this will make it tougher for people to mine, privately.

    As a former Zimbabwe Government Employee I can only plea that this be thought about. The wealth that the Government will make from this will go on improper use. There was a massive slaughter of people in Marange last year in October of which was not covered widely and knowledge of its existence is little known.

    No, as a Zimbabwean I am not happy about this move!

    July 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  71. Glebeeler

    When did Rhodesians start calling themselves white Zimbabwean?

    July 28, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  72. Glebeeler

    Its because of some of the comments here that one day there will be a THIRD WORLD WAR to settle all scores. It's not a question of IF but of WHEN! I believe that when WW III finally arrives some so called human rights organizations and greenpieces and international amnesty organizations will be blowing the vuvuzelas of war loud and clear with the support of international media. Perhaps even CNN too.

    July 28, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  73. Ron Croteau

    Zimbabwe, like struggling neighboring countries, so often sells off their resources only to have the profits land in the pockets of their prosperous leaders.
    But holding back on sells can often make matters worst. Such as the "what if?" question, what if this time the leaders have a change of heart and the citizens actually benefit .
    I have visited Zimbabwe and nearby regions for many years, and conclude they remain welfare states because rich countries continue to pump aid at them instead of ongoing training. What's the incentive?
    It is complicated, but I like to believe being proactive by moving forward is better than doing nothing at all.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  74. Eddie Miller

    Difficult question. A poorer country (no selling of diamonds) means the good people and children also could suffer along with the bad. Then again an ethical country might have more countries prepared to do business with it. To stop blood diamonds one could possibly start with educating people in ethical thinking, birth control philosophy and so on. People need to work at creating a climate where the weak and not only the strong have a say.
    One needs to do this with the whole of Africa and when all individuals become more ethical and empowered Zimbabwe and Africa will by default become more ethical and provide less of a demand for bad products. One of my ideas to keep opposition parties in Africa going and so lessening absolute power (power corrupts....) is to promote the idea that people should have an idea before elections get going what percentage supports each party. Hopefully this will help prevent rigging of votes. With such things as small surveys and statistics programs (my free download ConfTwoProp at http://www.4shared.com/dir/6vUP2Vn9/sharing.html is one of many such programs) Africans could possibly get an idea of support before elections with small samples of a hundred or two and guage whether vote rigging is occuring

    July 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  75. mike clark

    NO THEY SHOULD GIVE THE DIAMONDS AWAY FOR FREE!

    July 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  76. Pienica

    It's hard to understand this obsession about blood diamonds . The proceeds of their sales are supposed to be used to buy weapons. Imagine that regulation makes it impossible, do people really believe that terrorists, rebels and criminals won't find a way to finance their purchases of weaponry? The problem is first and foremost to stop illegal trade of weaponry and strictly regulate legal sales. Of course this won't be easy to acchieve because armament is big money

    July 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  77. sweklow

    The West should stop undue interference with Zimbabwe. Let Zimbabwe sell her natural resources, let the country be wealthy. In so doing, wealth reaches those at the bottom of the pyramid. People start getting things to do; education, entrepreneurship, etc. The more hardship you create by punishing Zimbabwe, the more the risk for crime, destitution, refugees to SA, brain drain, creation of a failed state, etc. How long will it take the west to realize the risk of failed states? We have enough - Somalia, Afghanistan, we do not need to create more, unemployed, angry young men.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  78. timoti

    Zimbabwe is not a kindergarten child needing mummy's permission to sell its jewellery. Zimbabwe is a sovereign state worthy of the right to national self determination. This paternalistic attitude of western countries on an African country is an unfortunate relic of the colonial era. It should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves. These attitudes unwittingly vindicate Mugabe's over the top antics which he finds necessary for engaging with the west.

    July 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  79. Fellatius Pov

    Should USA be allowed to drill oil?

    Sorry I am a you re peean

    July 31, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  80. Clarence

    Zimbabwe should not be allowed to sell anything on the international stage until they get their house in order. I know people argue that sanctions only punish the poor but I often wonder why these people don't fight back physically or by unanimously voting Mugabe and his thugs out of power. I am a black African and don't like the double standards I see from Mugabe and his thugs.
    1.Openly discriminating against White Farmers and the irony is no one does anything. It's pathetic and a shame.
    2. The seizing of private property without fair compensation

    What big fat shame.

    Angry Black Business Man

    July 31, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  81. nico ndlovu

    hi i think nothing will change zimbabwe by allowing to sell diomnds, they was diomonds in zimbabwe million years ago, the quetion is where is that, money went? same people who broke zimbabwe they still alive and running the country, zimbabwe needs trusted leaders who cares about people of zimbabwe, not in my life time that will happen as long mugabe still in power forget it, myself as young zimbabwean left my country many years ago, i feel hopeles without a place i call my country anymore and my fear grows every time i see mugabe s face in news papers or hear someone speaking shona brings my memories of the death of my father in 1983 in tsholotsho, as ndebele i will never ever forgive shona people and should not be allowed to sell diomands

    July 31, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  82. Logic Flies

    Zimbabwe will not become wealthy. from the selling of diamonds, Mugabe who is already one of the most wealthy despots in Africa will enrich himself, his family and loyal polticians.

    To beleive that the poor of Zimbabwe will see a cent or be uplifted from their poverty by this is simply wrong..

    July 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  83. Cornel

    Yes to help the people of Zimbabwe and, the Econemy not for Mugabe's private bank account. He is to old te be the Presedent of Zimbabwe. It is time for a new Goverment in Zimbabwe

    August 2, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  84. Shaun Waso

    I say dump the whole lot on the market and crash the artificially maintained price!

    August 2, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  85. LET ZIMBABWE SELL HER DIAMONDS

    LET ZIMBABWE SELL HER DIAMONDS, IF CHIKANE SAID ZIMBABWE COMPLIED, WHAT ARE WE SAYING, ARE WE SAYING HE COMPLIED THE MUGABE WAY, OR WHAT? ZIMBABWE COMPLIED PERIOD. WHY CHANGE THE GOAL POSTS, LET ZIMBABWE SELL HER DIAMONDS, TO BENEFIT THE MAJORITY. BY NOT ALLOWING DIAMONDS TO BE LEGALLY SOLD, WE ARE STILL LETTING THEM SOLD USING THE OTHER OUTLET WHICH IS THE ILLEGAL WAY, AND FOR SOME TO FEAR THAT MUGABE WILL BENEFIT, ITS JUST UNWARRANTED HATRED FOR THE OLD MAN, BECAUSE IF HE WANTS HE CAN STILL SELL THEM TO HIS BENEFIT THE "ILLEGAL WAY" LETS GIVE ZIMBABWEANS A BREAK AND LET THEM ENJOY THEIR GOD GIVEN NATURAL RESOURCES, AT LEAST ONCE IN AS MANY YEARS, FOR SOME IT WILL BE ONCE IN THEIR LIFE TIME.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  86. TOP

    PLS LET THE WEST LIVE ZIMBABWE ALONE LET THEM SELL WHAT THEY HAVE TO GET WHAT THEY NEED PROVIDED IT IS FOR NATIONAL INTEREST NOT FOR MUGABE INTEREST.

    August 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  87. NHONGO

    zimbabwe needs to buy riot gear,fundyouth training ,acquire more farms,expand heroes acre and above all acquire arms to defend its self it needs the money.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  88. chicken zim

    We need this money. Let's learn from history and not live in History. It takes persons who are stuck in the past to see blunders and not possibilities. let's give creativity and peace a chance. We are still nursing the painful past, but we choose to be hopeful and move on. the perpetrators will have their reward. we are all subject to a higher power bigger than ourselves. Its time to begin to live and not just exist.

    Diamonds maybe our way to freedom from begging and hunger

    August 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  89. Desmond Donnelly

    This is a hard one to judge. How corrupt is Zimbabwe's government? How much of the money this sale will filter its way down to the civilian population in the form of social programs or will Mugabe just blow it all on tanks so he can kick more white butt?

    It's a good point that we won't forgive Mugabe for taking away white owned lands. It's true. We won't – not because it was morally wrong but because it was STUPID. Eliminating efficient, productive, profitable white businesses and replacing them with incompetent Mugabe cronies has resulted in massive drops in farm production. It was a hateful, dumb move.

    There are so many more cunning ways of USING white folks to support the government's goals – making them willing partners instead of scapegoats to cover Mugabe's breathtaking incompetence.

    Forgiveness is a two way street. Forgive us for our colonial past and stop going on about it. Look at the bright side – all that infrastructure you inherited (billions of dollars worth).

    ... and stop demonizing us. We did the best we could with what little we knew about the purpose of life. Every nation on earth has tried to conquer and subjugate what were perceived to be enemies or inferiors. We were just better at it. Yet the world is moving on from that way of life.

    We both make better friends than enemies and both our futures depend on forgiveness.

    August 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  90. Richard Andrew Alderman

    Does anyone really think money from these diamond sales would actually reach the poor in Zimbabwe ? More likely the money will go into Mugabe's bank accounts.

    August 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  91. Realist

    Lets be honest here. The economy of Zimbabwe desperately needs an injection of capital. Foreign aid and investments will not touch this because the risk is too high and the returns an investor will be willing to accept is beyond what Zimbabwe can offer, somewhere in the region of 80 – 100%+. This is due to the fact that most of the international community does not have clue as to what really goes on there hence the high premium.

    So if they as a country have found a means of supporting themselves, then let them sell it. Now i do say this with the full knowledge of the wide-spread corruption and the brutal violation human rights. But what other choice does Zimbabwe have. If some of this money actually reaches the destination and does not end up in certain individuals pockets, then it will provide some much needed help.

    I guess we will have to wait and see.

    August 16, 2010 at 3:21 am |
  92. Ronald E. Childs

    Zinbabwe should be able to sell it's diamonds, and every major American and European diamond company that has quietly mined and taken the gems off of the Continent for several generations–without paying any tariffs to this, and other diamond-producing African nations–should be kicked out and forced to pay back the hundreds of billions of dollars that they have extracted from the land and people of Africa. The so-called diamond "trade" hasn't been a trade at all. It has been nothing but a grab of precious minerals and gems from Africa, which the world's superpowers have used to build the infrastructure of their economies. Now, they want to point the finger at African presidents and dictators and call them corrupt, while ignoring their own conduct. This historic media-fueled distortion of, and distraction from what they're doing is such a sad commentary.

    August 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  93. IceboxJewelry

    Diamond, people buy, sell someone, according to the needs of the people. But I like diamond, has recently seen a website,they sell diamonds atlanta,Cheap, fashionable.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:32 am |

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