Harare - Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds were finally cleared by
the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) when the grouping decided to
withdraw monitors and allow unhindered exports.
The decision means the government would now sign Marange
export certificates without having to consult KPCS monitors Abbey Chikane and
Mark van Bockstael.
According to a report on Thursday in the state run newspaper
The Herald, the KPCS’ Working Group on Monitoring said Zimbabwe had fulfilled
all the requirements to certify its own diamond exports.
WGM said the Zimbabwean government had shown full
transparency and accountability by ensuring that 15% of royalties in Marange
were being directly channelled to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.
KP monitor Van
Bockstael presented a positive report, detailing the work that Zimbabwe has
undertaken to attain full compliance with the diamond watchdog's rules.
He told the meeting that Zimra directly gets a 15% royalty
from the Marange output, putting to rest allegations that money from diamond
proceeds was not being remitted to treasury.
The money goes straight into the Zimra account.
On the other contentious issue, namely the campaign by the
United States to push for the re-definition of "conflict diamonds",
the KP's Working Group on Reform said the matter could not be concluded at the
Effectively, the issue has been deferred to next year's KP
inter-sessional meeting in South Africa.
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