Bennett claims diamond cash being used to ‘clean’ ZANU PF image

MDC-T Treasurer General Roy Bennett

By Alex Bell
26 February 2013

The MDC-T Treasurer General Roy Bennett has accused ZANU PF of using diamond money in a campaign to ‘clean up’ its image, as part of its pre-election strategy.

Bennett was speaking on SW Radio Africa’s Diaspora Diaries series, where he welcomed a recent call for an investigation into the role of financial services giant Old Mutual in Zimbabwe’s diamond trade.

He warned that the diamond sector remains under ZANU PF control and the profits that are not benefiting Zimbabweans are instead being used to help cleanse the party’s reputation.

“I know for fact that there are credible PR (professionals) and lobbyists in the UK that have been approached through high level investment funds to represent the Mugabe regime in cleaning up ZANU PF’s image ahead of elections, and cleaning up the wrongs they have done,” Bennett said.

He added: “The human rights abuses, the thefts, the extrajudicial killings, the rapes, they are all forgotten about when the bottom line is profit and that is what is so disgusting”

He said that recent attempts to normalise, for example, the destructive land grab exercise, formed part of this diamond-funded strategy. He was referring to recent academic reports and publications that have attempted to paint the ZANU PF led land grab campaign as a success.

“It wouldn’t take an investigative journalist too long to dig into that and find out where the funding had come from for these academics to do the research and trace how their bank balances have swelled… all to try to clean up the image of a discredited regime that has absolutely destroyed and obliterated the country,” Bennett said.

The MDC-T official, who has never been sworn into government and remains in self-imposed exile in South Africa, also warned about the involvement of multinational companies that are working in Zimbabwe and are supporting the ZANU PF regime.

This includes Old Mutual, which is again facing criticism for its indirect involvement in the Marange based diamond mining firm Mbada. Earlier this month, UK MP Kate Hoey called for an investigation into Old Mutual’s role, stating that Marange diamond companies were “suspected of directing millions of dollars to corrupt and violent interests associated with ZANU PF.”

“Old Mutual needs to be investigated for a potential breach of sanctions.” Hoey said, because the Mbada firm is a joint venture with the state run Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) that is on the European sanctions list. She said: “We cannot allow a British company to behave like this.”

Old Mutual indirectly holds a 1.5% stake in Mbada Diamonds, after investing its clients’ funds in a 6% stake in a scrap metal company, New Reclamation. That group then acquired 25% of Mbada, which is 50% run by the ZMDC. Old Mutual has stated that its involvement “post-dated any reported wrongdoing in the mining area. As a result, Old Mutual is most certainly not associated with activities which contravene the human rights of citizens.”

A spokesman for Old Mutual has recently been quoted by the UK media as saying that: “Our holding in this investment is legal and we would never knowingly take action that did break any laws.” He added that an Old Mutual investigation had found “no human rights abuses” since the company had been formed.

But the MDC-T’s Bennett on Tuesday said these excuses are not good enough, and insisted that “they have a case to answer.”

“These multinationals and corporates that are propping up ZANU PF with the involvement with them for profit in thoroughly discredited investments and investments that lack morality against laws of UK where guys are in bed and partnership with sanctioned entities is totally unacceptable,” Bennett said.

He added: “My involvement in politics has been a journey that has revealed a lack of morality and decency when it comes to profits. And it stinks.”

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14 Responsesto “Bennett claims diamond cash being used to ‘clean’ ZANU PF image”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bloodless diamonds……….!

  2. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    “These multinationals and corporates that are propping up ZANU PF with the involvement with them for profit in thoroughly discredited investments and investments that lack morality against laws of UK where guys are in bed and partnership with sanctioned entities is totally unacceptable,” Bennett said. He added: “My involvement in politics has been a journey that has revealed a lack of morality and decency when it comes to profits. And it stinks.”

    Oh no no my gosh Aah, now it stinks but it was very sweet when Bennett served the selous scouts, a murderous bunch of thugs of the illegal Rhodesian forces that exterminated my people during the senseless and unjustified war they perpetrated against my people. Today Bennett is in South Africa where he is in hiding and standing on high moral ground as the nicest rhodie ever lived in my country. No true national of Zimbabwe except the ill-advised supporters of the MDC who do not know their history will listen to this crap from a racist and former oppressor and murderer of my people. Bennett should go back to Zimbabwe and answer for crimes he committed against my people as these will simply not fizzle into thin air while he is in hiding in South Africa.

    • Anonymous says:

      Shut-up your nonsense statements without credible evidence !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        Vakomana kana kamba yotaura chirungu inongosevenzesa mazwi isingapindirane. Imwe nhamu iyi vakomana nevasikana. Todii kuti mukomana uyu adzidze kunyora zvinovengeka. Ndambakuudzwa anooneka nembonje. Ndakambomuudza kuti ngaaende kuchikoro cheusiku munharaunda asi anoramba. Ndikosaka riridununu remunhu.

        • dumbu says:

          Iwewe ndiwe dununu rokupedzisira rinokoniwa nokunyora izwi “zvinoverengeka” richiti “zvinovengeka”. Wakadzidza chikoro kupi nhai iwe dununu? Kubva pazita racho, “Chombwido Warvet” Haaaaa iri ndiro duza rokupedzisira .

    • Common Sense says:

      That was war, that was 33 years ago, that is old news and no longer relevant. The only crime here is that ZPF thinks it can get away with what it does…. not any more… they will be destroyed by the people they are trying to fool

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        If you do not know your history, it is like you do not know yourself. Our history as a nation is not a glorious one but is littered with the blood and sweat of our forefathers whose death was for fighting against enslavement and colonialism. It is a history that shaped our lives and should never be forgotten but passed on to the future generations.

        I am aware that most white folks do not want our history to be known by our people for the simple reason they were involved in the enslavement and colonisation of our people. But you can not be a full human being who does not know where you came from, where you are now and where you will be in future. If you have not done so before, you need to gather history books from 1884 when Africa was partitioned by European powers without the participation of the African people until 1980 and understand the history of your country which is a difficult one but which you should know and educate your own people. You will then begin to understand why I say Roy Bennett has blood on his hands already and can not stand on moral high ground.

    • Yepec says:

      As a Zanu PF and War Veteran Association partisan and mercenary member in politics, the real truth has never dawned to you except bubbling some frequent responses to anyone deemed highest bidder. The next issue to be put to you is in a form of a question and self answer as follows:

      What type of revolution or politics can come out of Zanu PF or War Veteran Association simpleton membership? The time one would stop being a such a moron and thinks about it, the more one would realise that all one’s time has been spent acting as a partisan and cheer leader in a never ending loss to one’s real existence. Even that too, one may never come to realise in one’s life time.

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        Oh nhamo nematambudziko kana munhu asingagone kunyora zvinonzwikwa. Urikuda kuti kudii. Kana mwana wangu arikuita Masters in Logic and Law atadza kuti anzwe kuti urikuti kudii. My enemy, I think you may have good ideas and intentions, but you can not put your thoughts on paper. I am sorry for being too blunt but that is a correct assessment of what you write at times. I can not figure out what you are trying to say in your article above. You want to ask our political analyst, Wilbert Mukori, to refine it for you as he is good at constructing sentences in English. We should all give him credit for this and nothing more.

        • Yepec says:

          It was done and is effective. Because you are so dumb and wanted the comment in a simplified form,here are your wishes. “In all your life you are acting as a Cheer Leader of Zanu PF and the War Veteran Association. There is no politics in them except wanting to do the bidding of the highest payer. You are a mercenary at heart and you may never realise it all your life. The fact that you wanted the passage simplified for you, proves the point.

  3. super mondo says:

    roy bennet for president all problems solved

    • GBZ says:

      Yep,and Amen to that! I reckon he may be one day, and he will make a good one too.

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        Which people and country will Roy Bennett govern when he is a rhodie whose hands are covered with the blood of innocent Zimbabweans he exterminated when he was a member of the selous scouts, a bunch of mercenaries that exterminated my people during the senseless and unjustified war waged against my people by Smith? I can tell you right now that no rhodie or white person will ever be president in Zimbabwe while the war veterans of Zimbabwe will still be alive when I consider the crimes against humanity the white people committed against my people. It will take generations for my people to bury the hatchet and accept the white people to lead them. They should thank Robert Mugabe who pardoned them against our wish, otherwise they should have faced a firing squad for the crimes they committed against my people.

  4. Kunyinda says:

    Bennet really ah! Asi anopenga to comment about our resourses hanyare? Mazvita Chimbwido Warvet you are a star these people who replied you are bankrupt in minds saka kupopota they have no facts how on earth can one forget? Kukanganwa hondo yakapedza vanhu eeish zvinoshamisa !!!!!!!!!!

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