DIAMONDS PROP UP MUGABE’S FALTERING CAMPAIGN

Global Witness (GW) has accused President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF of abusing diamond resources to wage a campaign based on “anti-democratic tactics”.
GW said it was “particularly concerned about the impact that diamond money may be having on the election process and outcome”.
“There are credible indications that diamond revenues could be a source of off-budget cash for Zanu PF and partisan security forces and may therefore be funding anti-democratic tactics being employed by Mugabe’s party,” Global Witness said in a report.
The human rights group said it had “grave concerns about Zimbabwe’s elections”.
“The elections, which should mark Zimbabwe’s transition to a more free and fair democracy, look instead to bear the hallmarks of previous flawed votes,” GW said.

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