Zimbabwe allows firm to return to fields after gov't ban

Zimbabwe court grants permission to country's largest diamond mine to return to fields after government decided to shut down mining companies early February

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

President Robert Mugabe marked his 92nd birthday at a nearly $1 million party organised by supporters in a drought-stricken area on Saturday, drawing criticism from opponents who said the celebrations were an affront to ordinary Zimbabweans

A Zimbabwe court has allowed the largest diamond mine in the country’s Marange region to return to the fields and continue its mining operations after standing against the government's decision to halt mining operations. 

Zimbabwe's mines minister on Feb. 22 demanded that all nine companies working in the diamond fields in the east of the southern African country near Mozambique cease mining and leave because their license had expired.

Mbada Diamonds, a 50/50 venture between the government and Mauritius-registered Grandwell Holdings, on Monday won a reprieve from the High Court, which ruled that Mbada should have full control of its assets. 

"As a contingency plan pending the hearing of this matter ... (minister of mines) shall allow such security personnel full access to all the relevant premises thereat, including residential premises, full access to all the equipment, diamond ore and any other assets," Judge Joseph Mafusire said.

However, a full trial on whether Mbada will be able to continue to mine, will be released on Wednesday.

Mbada demands that the government give back its mine fields and renew its license.

TRTWorld and agencies