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Global Witness Report: Financing a Parallel Government?

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New report by Global Witness:

Financing a Parallel Government?
The involvement of the secret police and military in Zimbabwe’s diamond, cotton and property sectors

Global Witness has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. Their work has revealed how, rather than benefiting a country’s citizens, abundant timber, diamonds, minerals, oil and other natural resources can incentivise corruption, destabilise governments, and lead to war.

The latest Global Witness report reveals how Zimbabwe’s feared secret police, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), appears to have received off-budget financing from Sam Pa, a businessman based in Hong Kong; and how members of the CIO are directors of a group of companies, Sino Zimbabwe Development, registered in Zimbabwe, Singapore and the British Virgin Islands.

The report also exposes how a Zimbabwean military lawyer owns half of Anjin Investments (Pvt) Ltd, the biggest diamond company in Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange diamond fields, on behalf of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Defence.

Access the Global Witness Report online here

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