US diamond official urged to resign

2012-11-13 18:32

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's diamond conference was rocked by controversy over the Kimberley Process, the world diamond trade regulatory body, whose chairperson was publicly asked to resign because she is American.

Gillian Milovanovic, the American chairperson of the Kimberley Process, came under a barrage of criticism on Tuesday from African and other delegates at the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference for allegedly not doing enough to persuade the US government to lift trade restrictions on Zimbabwe's state-owned diamond mining companies.

South Africa's Kimberley Process monitor Abbey Chikane accused Milovanovic of having a conflict of interest because she is American.

The state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Company and Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe are on the US sanctions list, because of evidence of the Mugabe government's state violence and human rights violations.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-13 18:45

    Sounds about right. She's not falling for the ANC & Bob's smoke & mirrors and must therefore be forced out. They never stop this lot, never will until there is nothing left and they are all eating sand whilst their leaders have billions in overseas accounts and live like kings. Sad.

      claudia.meads - 2012-11-13 19:59

      Ha, ha, ha -like children telling their parents to resign. These goons have not invented the wheel yet and they are trying to tell the nation that walked on the moon what to do... I have a far better idea: The DA forms a strategic alliance with Nato/USA; Langebaan Airforce Base gets a few brand new Euro-fighters and by lunch the next day, these buffoons are with their ancestors. They seem to have forgotten, in their Marikana-muti zombie rage, the ANC (for starters) would not be in Zimbabwe (attending this farcical circus) if it were not for US sanctions on pre-'94 SA. Be VERY, VERY careful of biting the hand that fed you.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-11-13 22:35

      Claudia, your knowledge of things military is bad, no worse than bad. A few Eurofighters at Langebaan would be about right to frighten the strikers in De Doorns but they would have run out of fuel around about Colesberg and have to turn back. As all those pale males who were obliged to serve will tell you they are too fast to effective ground attack aircraft. Your idiocy has ruined what could have been a correct statement as regards the Kimberly process. African countries and their predatory elites do not want to be constrained by such niceties as using the mineral wealth to benefit the country and improve the lot of the poor. All they want to do is benefit themselves and shop till they drop in those hated Western Countries. They do not care what laws they break or how many people get killed as long as they can enrich themselves. They seek to reap where they did not sow, benefit with out working etc.

      claudia.meads - 2012-11-14 00:01

      kevin.watson.7906, OMG what are you, the enemy's strategic weapons expert..? If so, you are 100% correct, I made a mistake - I said it will be over by lunch time the next day, I was wrong.., it will be over by morning tea.

  • craig.king.7505 - 2012-11-13 19:12

    I have no doubt that she will in fact lose her job. The American establishment has lost the ability to defend their position against a bunch of gangsters who wish to steal everything. Oil in Nigeria and Angola, minerals everywhere are all fair game for these gangsters. What is astonishing is the continuing flow of aid to places like Zimbabwe when the diamond revenues alone could transform that country. Colonial cringe, white guilt whatever you want to call it, is responsible for this immature and irresponsible behaviour.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-13 20:19

    Hows your brother Frank,Abbey

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-13 20:21

    Hows your brother Frank, Abbey

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-13 20:36

    Pah! No, let the same rules count for black rulers too! Keep sanctions!

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-11-13 20:40

    White people go walk in the moon, not in africa we tired of u

      david.wolpert.39 - 2012-11-13 21:02


      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-11-13 22:43

      David, it is not just the computer, its the electricity it runs on, the vehicles he rides on the machinery that make the clothes he wears the codification of his home language as a written language, the television set he watches etc so on and so forth. What is astounding is that the fountain of Western civilisation is the Mediterranean basin. they interacted with tribes both north and south of that location, the ones to the north took the learning and technology and ran with it to create what today is called Western Civilisation and is copied round the Globe. The tribes to the south spurned the technology completely, and yet Scipio a Roman general coined the term "always something new out of africa" but he was referring to the wildlife.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-13 23:53

      masupa.tsela that's a valid statement.. Has black people walked on the moon? If you where a branch higher we wouldn't be able to catch you! Oh and one lasts thing.. Isn't it way past your bed time?

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-11-13 20:45

    Wish Sandy could pay US a visit once more!

      david.wolpert.39 - 2012-11-13 20:59


      David Dos Santos - 2012-11-13 21:21

      seems like you have some sandy in your vagina masupa. you sound like a child... how old are you? is it not past your bed time? does your mommy not know that she should prohibit you from using the computer so late at night?

  • maverick.generators - 2012-11-13 21:23

    Masupa made a typo with her name. Its actually Masepa.

      Blixum - 2012-11-14 15:16

      LOL Sharp maverick!

  • ziso.maziso - 2012-11-14 08:18

    How can anyone expect her to be objective if the very people that appointed her are the same people that insist on sanctions against Zimbabwe. She must step down and leave the sit for a more objective person. Americans will always advance their intrests and in this case through Gillian. In this case, America is settling itys scores against Zim using this KP thing. We are not blind!!

      smith.celeste - 2012-11-14 10:28

      Who would this objective person be Ziso? Anyone who lets Bob do what he wants and doesn't question his dictatorship? I am interested to know what your criteria would be.

  • ziso.maziso - 2012-11-14 09:32

    @ Celeste: No need to get all personal about this, STICK TO THE ISSUES! I live in Zimbabwe and know exactly what happens here. As a matter of fact I have been at the Diamond COnference. I dont need to rely on the "news" you are referring to.

      smith.celeste - 2012-11-14 10:23

      The issue is whether or not the people are getting what they are entitled to. Just because Bobby says they are does not make it true. Show me where the "news" I read was inaccurate. Or do you feel you are benefiting because they gave you a comfy char and a fancy sandwich while your money means nothing and you rely on the same dollar whose owner you refuse to acknowledge.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-14 10:04

    South Africa's Kimberley Process monitor Abbey Chikane accused Milovanovic of having a conflict of interest because she is American.!!!! And this chikane HASNT because shes south african and bobs friend????

      ziso.maziso - 2012-11-14 16:20

      So what's your point exactly?

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