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September 15, 2017 2:46 PM Military looted diamonds —report

ZIMBABWE should step up its efforts to improve transparency and plug revenue leakages in the multi-million-dollar diamonds industry, an international diamond watchdog has said. This comes amid revelations that the country’s security forces benefitted from the plunder of diamonds, while Treasury coffers went dry. In a report, titled “An inside job Zimbabwe 3

September 15, 2017 4:00 AM New terrorism unit due under DIS

Also, the amendments will see a new unit under the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) being introduced. The CTA was first passed in August 2014, but the Ministry for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration already feels amendments are necessary. The minister, Eric Molale, in gazetting the amendments, said while the current 3

September 13, 2017 3:54 PM Tanzania and Uganda in UN's cross hairs

Tanzania and Uganda are among several African countries under UN investigation for violations of sanctions against North Korea, a UN panel of experts has said. Their September 9 report was issued two days prior to the UN Security Council's unanimous adoption of a tough new round of sanctions aimed at coercing North Korea into negotiations on its nuclear 11

September 13, 2017 2:02 PM UN probes Uganda, Tanzania over deals with North Korea

A report on the investigations was released by United Nations panel of experts dated September 9. The report was issued two days prior to the UN Security Council's unanimous adoption of a tough new round of sanctions aimed at coercing North Korea into negotiations on its nuclear arsenal. The eight-member panel said it is assessing information from an unnamed 8

September 13, 2017 4:00 AM Unilateral ban of stadia events imprudent

This follows the tragic event of September 2, where a young woman lost her life whilst she and other revellers were trying to gain entry into the National Stadium. The unfortunate incident was a result of a stampede at one of the gates. It is apparent that the festival was not properly planned putting public security at risk nor were the organisers prepared 6

September 12, 2017 8:27 PM SA to assist Lesotho in development

South Africa is to help Lesotho discard its status as one of the world's least developed countries within five years, leaders of the two governments said on Thursday. The realisation of this undertaking would favour South Africa as much as its small neighbour, President Thabo Mbeki told a media conference after a full day of talks with senior Lesotho 5

September 12, 2017 6:14 PM Botswana hosts conflict diamond treaty talks

Representatives from at least 70 countries began meeting in Botswana's capital Gaborone on Monday to review progress in an agreement which aims to stamp out the trade in conflict diamonds. The United Nations-mandated Kimberley process, which came into force six years ago, is a joint bid by governments and the international diamond industry to prevent 5

September 11, 2017 5:04 PM Zimbabwe ruling elite linked to 'disappearing diamonds'

Top security and political leaders secretly profiting from Zimbabwe's diamond reserves, anti-corruption group alleges. An anti-corruption group says it has evidence linking Zimbabwe's ruling elite to "a decade of disappearing diamond wealth". In a report published on Monday, London-based Global Witness accused Zimbabwe's Central Intelligence Organisation 9

September 11, 2017 1:30 PM Campaign group claims Zimbabwe diamonds funding government repression

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's ruling elite has diverted the country's vast diamond riches to help fund repression by dodging sanctions and raising money for security forces, an anti-corruption campaign group alleged Monday. In a report, Global Witness accused top security and political leaders of secretly profiting from the trade in the country's diamond 12

September 10, 2017 11:32 PM Illicit diamond fortune props up Mugabe’s regime

Just over a decade ago, Zimbabwe discovered one of the world’s richest diamond deposits in an area known now as the Marange diamond fields. This find was supposed to transform the country’s economic prospects and, ultimately, the lives of its people. Instead, as a new report from Global Witness confirms, most of Zimbabwe’s vast oil wealth has been looted 3