Zim army, cops 'must get diamond mines'

2012-07-02 12:04

 Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s mines and mining development minister Obert Mpofu has pledged to give gold, platinum and diamond mines to the military forces and police "to safeguard the country's minerals".

Radio VOP reported on Sunday that Mpofu urged Zimbabwe’s security organs to apply for mining licences, saying he was ready to grant them concessions at any time.

"I want to make it clear that if Zimbabwe Prison Services [ZPS] applies for a mining concession, I will give them anytime. That applies to the police, the army and the air force," said Mpofu in his address during a pass out parade of prison officers in Ntabazinduna.

"These are the people who are protecting our resources. They are the people who made it possible to repossess what the colonisers took away from us," he said.

"Security forces should not be apologetic to seek mining claims. In any case, where in our statutes does it say that security forces should not participate in the economy?"

Zimbabwe’s security forces have long been alleged to be involved in diamond mining in the vast Chiadzwa area.

According to the report, Deputy Mines Minister, Gift Chimanikire, recently confirmed that an army-owned company, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), holds a 40% stake at Anjin, one of the most lucrative diamond concessions in the country.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-02 12:12


      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-02 12:20

      No medals, just diamonds gold and platinum.

      james.bondiski - 2012-07-02 12:45


  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-02 12:17

    And what do cops and the army know about business and mining

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-02 12:32

      they know that destitute men and women held at gunpoint can dig really well

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-02 15:57

      I feel ashamed to laugh, but well said Martin.

      Johnny Geffries - 2013-05-01 20:51

      Apparently everything xD these dumb idiots!

  • DrGfinger - 2012-07-02 12:30

    Any hope of a fledgling economic revival is scuppered. SA should offer to buy Zim , wont cost much - R6.78 or so ...

      nick.hill.52493 - 2012-07-02 13:08

      Plus VAT !!

      henry.bosman.5 - 2012-07-02 13:32

      R7.73 bargain price considering you get it all covered in excrement

  • Provence - 2012-07-02 12:31

    Give it to Mugabe's men for safeguard? ..........speechless.......priceless.......thanks for the laugh!!!!!!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-07-02 12:33

    When there is no cash available to pay their salaries, I guess you have to come up with another plan if you want to avoid a military coup .....

  • erneyb - 2012-07-02 12:42

    Read this as the Zim minister saying, 'we might not have money in future to pay the police, military and prison services, therefore you should apply for mining licenses, which we will grant to secure an income for you'. The security forces will start thinking about a coup should they not get paid and we don't want that, do we ?

  • Ronald - 2012-07-02 12:44

    Now we can all understand why the armed forces of Zim will do anything to ensure that ZANU-PF stay in power as this will legitimize their sideline jobs. What will we do for comedy when all these idiots have died of verbal diarrhea?

  • Johan - 2012-07-02 12:44

    Talking about Blood diamonds. Yo, Logic takes on a whole new meaning when you are in power, isn't it?

  • max.maxwell - 2012-07-02 12:57

    How to buy loyalty AND prevent a coup?

  • ilze.rens - 2012-07-02 13:09

    Baffled at this 'logic' .... and Russia want to 'swop' gunships for their Pt??? What the hell would Zim do with gunships - practice on Lake Kariba? They are landlocked with no sea-port! Whahahahahaha....

      sydney.kaseke1 - 2012-07-02 13:14

      hello!!!! A gunship is a helicopter,armed to the's not a ship.

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-02 13:42

      HAHAHAHA lol Ilze. A gunship refers to any aircraft that is equipped with arms :-) Your welcome

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 13:12

    You see, "nationalisation" in Africa means the connected benefit, not the masses...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-02 13:12

    And that ladies and gents is how it works in Africa.

  • melania.nel - 2012-07-02 13:13

    Wow, I never realised zim still has an airforce. Why not give them some land to farm. Its mos where the whites became millionaires.

      rick.coetzee.7 - 2012-07-02 13:44

      What??? You mean as in working hard !!!!!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-02 13:45

      They have an assortment of aircraft(in various states of airworthiness) but referring to it as an airforce might be stretching things a bit .......

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-02 13:39

    I am waiting for the communist minded amongst us to give this their blessing.....I bet they will say power to the people before the end of this working day

  • wayne.abroue - 2012-07-02 13:47

    And this is different to a mercenary army, How?

  • sandytaylor11 - 2012-07-02 13:51

    par for the course, SA's Gold and Diamond mines next

  • Gavin - 2012-07-02 13:56

    toot toot all aboard the mugarbage train. why don't these f'ers just die already..

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-07-02 21:54

      Gav, how long can a people be subjected to such poor leadership!!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-02 14:23

    This Minister is only doing this so that the different forces will keep Mugabe's party in power and make all the ministers even more corrupt. How long before this happens in our part of Africa?

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-07-02 21:52

      Mubarak did, see where it got him, lessons for Obert Stupid Mpofu, power hungry prick, couldnt be more screwed up than that..leave the country this turmoil he gets fatter by the day..i hope the people in Zim will get their chance to linch you

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-07-02 21:58

      Obert Stupid Mpofu has become a very RICH minister if you did not know..had nothing before..owns businesses and buildings..etc

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