Saying that the government-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) had failed to boost the country’s economy and had not even been able to benefit local communities, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his government would review the mining policy introduced by his predecessor Robert Mugabe.
The Mugabe government nationalised and consolidated eight private diamond mining operations in Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa alluvial diamond fields in the country's Marange district in February 2016, saying the country was not benefiting from its diamond wealth. Foreign investment in the country’s mining sector plunged 70 percent as a result of the move.
There have been frequent clashes between police and local communities, who say the ZCDC does nothing for them. Local communities have vocal in seeking the interventions of President Mnangagwa.
Addressing a rally of his supporters, the President said, “The people of Marange must be supported by extraction and exploitation from diamonds. Communities with gold and platinum must also benefit from extraction of such resources in their area.”