ZCDC Suffers Marange Diamond Mining Setback

Harare: The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) was recently barred by the High Court from looting diamond ore which belongs to Mbada Diamonds, which was booted out of Marange with other miners last year, according to local media reports.

ZCDC had previous defied a similar High Court order issued in February. Mbada had 150 000 tonnes of diamond ore stockpiles that were ready for processing, according to the Zimbabwe Independent.

“Pending the appeal filed by the first respondent under the case, the first and second respondents and those acting on their behalf be and are hereby interdicted from collecting, from third respondent’s concession area, diamond ore mined by the third respondent, accessing areas secured by the security personnel of the third respondent or otherwise interfering in any manner with such security arrangements in relation to the said concession area as per interim relief granted by this honourable court on the 24th of February 2017,” reads the court order.

ZCDC was established last year through a merger of Marange Resources, Gye Nyame, Diamond Mining Corporation, and Kusena. However, Anjin, Jinan and Mbada rejected the consolidation process.

The country’s mines minister Walter Chidhakwa told Rough & Polished last February that Anjin and Jinan had reached an out of court settlement with Harare while Mbada had its mining equipment auctioned to settle its debts.