Chidhakwa says to make public govt audit on diamond miner Marange Resources

Chidhakwa says to make public govt audit on diamond miner Marange Resources

MUTARE, September 29 (The Source) – Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa said government will publish the results of a financial inquest at its diamond mining firm Marange Resources, one year after it was commissioned to shed light on its dealings, and will insist that other gem miners make theirs publicly available.

Last week, pressure groups, the Centre for Research and Development (CRD) and Zimbabwe Natural Resource Dialogue Forum (ZNRDF) called on government to make public the results of its audits, before it moves to consolidate the firms to “one or two.”

Government owns Marange through its mining investment arm, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC).

“It was not an audit, it was just a team that we set up to look into the activities of Marange Resources to take us to our desire to merge (diamond minders) and create one big company,” Chidhakwa told The Source on Monday by telephone interview.

“What we are doing now is to look at the structures of the new company that will come up. So we will publish (the Marange Resources audit) once we finished working on it and registered a new company under the consolidation.”

He did not give a time line, but said the report will be made public ‘soon.’

Chidhakwa said government is currently merging Marange Resources, Gye Nyame and Kusena Diamonds.

Other diamond miners in Marange include Anjin Investments, Diamond Mining Company, Jinan and Mbada Diamonds.

Gye Nyame Resources, a joint venture between the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and Bill Minerals, represented by Ghanaian businessman William Ato Essien, had its licence revoked earlier this year due to insolvency and failure to adhere to environmental requirements.

Chidhakwa said the merging process requires aligning the financial system, human resources and legal structures of the three firms into one.

On making public financials of other miners, Chidhakwa said: “All you need to do is ask the companies the specific firm which carried out its audits and get them from there.”