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GOVERNMENT yesterday shelved the auction of 300 000 carats of diamonds by Mbada Diamonds to ensure that all requirements of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme are followed. Besides the need to have an external Kimberley monitor present, there were also national requirements that had to be met before the diamonds could be sold.
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A new diamond rush has hit Chipinge, Chimanimani and unsecured parts of Chiadzwa with illegal panners and foreign dealers once again descending on Manicaland Province. Most of the diamonds are also believed to be finding their way to Mozambique’s Manica Province where a ready market is reportedly available.