February 18th, 2013

Hague Zim Diamond Dilemma

It is sounding increasingly like Hague could abandon the long-term British foreign policy position and ease sanctions against Zimbabwe and Mugabe’s cronies. EU sanctions will lapse on Wednesday and the Belgians are putting a spanner in the works thanks to their interests in the diamond market. Guido hears that the FCO could give in this week. Mugabe’s diamond mining business, and its Mining Minister Obert Mpofu, are being considered for unfreezing of assets and lifting of travel bans.

Mpofu, a man of meagre means until diamonds were discovered in Zimbabwe in 2006, is said to have spent $20,000,000 of his own fortune on cars, property and gifts in Zimbabwe last year. The rest he just squandered. The ZMDC state mining firm that he runs is also a potential business partner hundreds British businesses queuing at the door of Zimbabwe. While it may be tempting for Hague to allow Mpofu and his ilk to come to the spend their cash here, and Britain has a financial interest in seeing restrictions lifted,  it comes at a price: ZMDC is the funding vehicle for Mugabe’s election machine and police state. Agree to lift sanctions now and the FCO will not have a leg to stand on over the Zimbabwean presidential elections, scheduled for July. You reap what you sow… 

UPDATE: The Telegraph’s man in Brussels has more on why the Belgians want the restrictions lifted.


69 Comments

  1. 1
    tommy5dollar says:

    All evidence shows that sanctions do not work. Allow a country to become rich and it will become democratic. Keep it poor and the population will remain ignorant.

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    • 3
      Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

      That would be the Zimbabwean model of democracy ??

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      • 34
        Zimbabwe Economic Minister says:

        Re update…Belgium has more business with India than the UK.

        Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

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    • 37
      scum says:

      Zimbabwe will only change the day mugabe the venal snake of suthern africa shuffles off this earth …the sooner the better

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    • 43
      Anonymong says:

      Conservative and Unionist Party = Zanu Blue Labour.

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    • 48
      A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

      Good idea allowing these bar stewards to travel – gives those with a grudge a much better chance of… well you know the rest.

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  2. 2
    The Stilton Eater says:

    That guy’s an amateur compared to the Russians who we’ve long welcomed with open arms and non-dom tax deals despite more connections to the gangsterism than a Sicilian telephone exchange.

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    • 11
      Keitho says:

      Yes indeed, but they cannot have control over whatever they invest in. The state through its placemen will always control 51% of any enterprise. I suppose there will be many who don’t mind but it will be no good complaining when the management is done by politically reliable but incompetent folk.

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      • 49
        A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

        …except, in Zimbabwe, Mugabe and his cohorts also want the other 49%

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  3. 4
    keredybretsa says:

    Integrated diamond lobbying network. Money speaks all languages.

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    • 50
      A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

      If Antwerp is still the largest diamond place to be, then the Belgian interest is understandable. But none of us ever get to see any benefits from our natural resources anyway.

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  4. 5

    Good job we gave them the democracy and freedom they desired…

    …come to think of it, I’d like a bit of democracy and freedom here too. Only not like theirs.

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    • 22
      V1le, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

      The world is going mad! The tyrant Mugabe executed thousands and the EU will sipport his regime?

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      • 33
        The Communist Takeover of the UK says:

        One of our goals:

        Permit free trade between all nations regardless and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

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      • 51
        A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

        In the 1990s the ODA (aka DiFD) spent a fortune teaching Mugabe’s police how to be proper thugs.

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  5. 6
    Zimbabwe Economic Minister says:

    Zimbabwe is no Greece!

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  6. 7
    Duty pedant says:

    Its. It’s means something else.

    “The ZMDC state mining firm that he runs is also a potential business partner hundreds British businesses queuing at the door of Zimbabwe.”

    Is this some sort of “find the hidden meaning” competition?

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    • 16
      Perfectly sane Robert Mugabe says:

      Loathed to reference the Guardian here but this FTSE 100 company does business with the ZMDC, helping finance Mugabe’s election campaign. I’m sure they would love to plow more UK shareholder’s money into Mugabe’s war chest…

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/17/zimbabwe-death-sanctions-business-diamonds

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      • 52
        A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

        Didn’t that “Tiny” Rowland fellow have some odd dealings in this part of the world under the Lonrho (London/Rhodesia) logo? All happened some years ago though.

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        • 69
          John Bellingham says:

          Tiny knew how to deal with these people. He had them totally under control, even the ANC jumped when he explained things properly. Sadly, his successors think that once you put the garden boy in a suit he somehow acquires intellect, probity and management skills.

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  7. 9
    Lord Stansted says:

    Mugabe – what a joke. Years ago, we’d got rid of that idiot straight away.

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    • 17
      One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

      Whereas today I’d invite him and his family to come and live here! By gosh, I’ll even bulldoze the English countryside so there’s space to build zillions of houses for him and his friends, what what! But if he’s coming, he’d better be nippy about it – I’m off to India to invite everyone there to move here – quite a jolly race between them and the hundreds of thousands of Romanians, eh? Those new houses will be snapped up like a shot, eh what what!

      Tally ho!

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      • 53
        A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

        Don’t worry Dave, until the natives start getting restless, Ebagum will remain holed up in his almost impregnable fortress in Harare.

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  8. 10
    yeah, right... says:

    There’s a piece just like this in the last Eye (1332) ‘From our man in Harare’

    Keep up…

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  9. 12
    One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

    Funding the election campaigns of evil psychotic third world dictators is a super Conservative value. By jove! With sanctions lifted, I’ll be able to spray them with tons of your money! How jolly spiffing, what what!

    Tally ho!

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  10. 13
    Jayne says:

    Well they let Hein Grosskopf escape SA and seek refuge here, despite being the most wanted man in his own country as a known ANC terrorist who murdered at least 7 people and let him work at the NSPCC as a social worker – even though he had no qualifications as a social worker and when the decent social workers found out, they fought tooth and nail to have him struck off – reporting it to the highest levels and were then threatened with the sack if they didn’t drop it – so with the shysters upon high, anything is possible. think of the worst thing they could possibly do and they will do it.

    http://www.chrisspivey.co.uk/?p=9391#more-9391

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    • 20
      Anonymous says:

      Threats is all this government knows, especially when they cover up deaths that were known to be easily avoidable.

      Along with a judicial system that is unavailable to individuals, we are all fodder for their schemes.

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      • 41
        Jayne says:

        And Chris Spivey has all the indisputable evidence provided directly from the Social workers who have tried to fight this for 9 years and he has publicly offered it to Tom Watson who has turned to jelly and has refused to view it – he even promised to contact Chris to talk about it, but never did. Useless fat glory seeking lump of lard as Watson is, riding off the back of victims of chikd abuse to buff up his career.
        Grosskopf re registered as a social worker last year – despite never having qualified as a social worker in the first place.

        But to add to the disgust – Chris has written to all the newspapers asking them to view the evidence and none of them have replied – even Guidos paymasters, the current bun.

        Seems like no one has the guts to take on this story – just shows the msm up for what they really are.

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    • 27
      Africa Watch says:

      There is another name worth keeping an eye on:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1040647/BAE-gave-20m-shadowy-arms-dealer-linked-Mugabes-regime-reveal-Serious-Fraud-Office.html

      Of course the real story here is that the UK does not have the right to impose sanctions on odious regimes like Mugabe’s independently of Brussels any more. Not that EU sanctions work as Ch!na et al. still trade.

      Mugabe has chip on his shoulder going back to BCCI, where he was screwed over. The guy should have been assassinated ages ago, but Zanu PF like the ba’athists is too strong.

      Getting Z!mbabwe wheat production back up to what it was and into market is more important generally, but for that the racist policies of Zanu PF need to be reversed as the white farmers who were chased out only had that skill.

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      • 40
        mugabe viper says:

        it wasn’t called the foodbowl afria for nothing but it might as well have been given what mugabe has done to the entire country….but it could recover strongly given proper democratic government…has incredible resources and boundless water.

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        • 54
          A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

          .. and people who are prepared to learn and work hard if given the right incentives. The blacks who worked the white-owned commercial farms were far better off then than they are now as most farms provided free accommodation, health and education to their families. In return the workers provided diligent honest labour to “their” farms. It will take a long time to dislodge the Mugabe cronies who were gifted all this beautiful arable well tended land (without even knowing how to start the tractor) before Zim gets back to its early 1980s standards. Once Mugabe is out of the way, there may be an opportunity to start turning the country round.

          Keeping the old goat alive, medical science has a lot to answer for!

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          • Zim Generals and other criminals says:

            We will still be in charge when Mugabe goes. We are only now using him as a fall guy front man

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  11. 14
    RED CROSS says:

    He does seem to be showing the first signs of Anorexia nervosa.

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  12. 15
    The man at the back with the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    I think Zimbabwe is a great place, led by a wise and GENEROUS leader, who surely can spare me £10,000…

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    • 56
      A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

      .. but only if you promise faithfully to repay it next Tuesday…

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    • 64
      Zimbabwe economist says:

      At 1990’s rates that would be what? 200 Trillion Zim$?

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  13. 18
    Sponger says:

    Hello, I’d like some money for free.

    Give it to me or I will vote Labour to get it.

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  14. 21
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    A song for Mugabe , Mpofu and all the others responsible for messing up the country…

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  15. 23
    bergen says:

    “Gallant little Belgium” has over a century of form for behaving abominably to further its interests in Central Africa. Hague should remind them in public if this nonsense continues.

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    • 57
      A corn cob is a girl's best friend (if she can ever find one in Harare these days) says:

      But they will stop sending their choccies!!

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  16. 25
    Owin Jones says:

    Milk removed from supermarkets and only to be delivered by a milkman in a glass bottle with cream on the top.

    Talk about a Nanny State !

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    • 30
      Grimy Miner says:

      I can understand the milkmen in glass bottles, but pouring cream over them is just perverse!

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      • 58
        Curly recalls says:

        …and the milk float will have to pulled by an expensive-to-keep horse and not one of those quiet electric golf cart thingies. Ah, those were the days!

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  17. 26
    Con Artists says:

    CaMoron should visit them on the way back from India and offer to support their entry to the EU and fast track all visas and applications to run windscreen cleaning buckets at traffic lights in the UK ( in return we will support their families with full benefits, healthcare and schooling).

    Then Labour can improve the offer by taxing all property valued over £300k to pay for their legal aid bills and right to a full pension from day 1.

    Then the LibDems can improve the offer by extending it to Nigeria as well, otherwise it is discriminatory to them.

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  18. 28
    Peter Walls (Rtd.) says:

    THE Foreign Office hasn’t done a lot to help the British businessmen–or at least passport holders, who had the mining rights nicked from them in the first place.
    As all diamonds can be identified by the individual mine they come from, an embargo on diamonds from Marange would be quite easy. Of course, one would need de Beers, Rio Tinto and the Reclam group on side–something that will not happen.

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  19. 29
    Not David Milliband says:

    BRING BACK DAVID MILLIBAND…. HE WOULD HAVE TOLD THE BELGIUM’S WHERE TO GO….

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  20. 31
    Chalmers says:

    We’re giving food aid to these people?

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  22. 35
    Yew Fat Tuat says:

    Trouble with it’s and its again, Guido.

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  23. 39

    The funniest thing is that since 2006, UK has had a tool available which can remove mugabe and all his similar anti-western dictators. There was and as only one catch – that it would and will also remove all PRO-western dictators at the same time. Because of that small detail, No10, FCO, MOD, MI6 etc have done their sums and come to the same conclusion – that British companies and global corporations would disbenefit from bringing democracy to the Third World. Thus even to this day, we have the technology to bring down Mugabe at one fell swoop, but we do not have the political will inside the UK establishment. Oh – the tool? – Fraud Proof Voting – http://cd3wd.com/seev/index.htm

    Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone

    PS – just to add some additional important and inflammatory information – Thatcher illegally installed Mugabe in 1980 by frauding the Independence Election to keep out Joshua Nkomo – the real winner and a more genuine socialist than the opportunistic Mugabe – maybe British ex-farmers thrown out of Zimbabwe can and should sue UK Government, Thatcher, Blair, Brown, and/or Cameron for their misfortunes due to actions in 1980 and inactions since 2006…..

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    • 45
      Yew Fat Tuat says:

      Wilson, Thatcher and many Western politicians defrauded every sane person by not recognizing the Rhodesian Front party’s declaration of independence. Ian Smith would most certainly not have run down the country like Mad Bob Mugabe, but then you can fuck up any African country as long as you’re black. It’s OK then.

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    • 61
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Oh, I thought Bongo Bongo Rubberdingy (or however it is spelled) won that election and was promptly overthrown by Mugabe and his Zanu-PF thugs. Am I wrong?

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    • 65
      Rhodie - truth over socialist lies. says:

      The British PM most reviled by the white Rhodesians in power during the war years there was definately Harold Wilson.
      They hated him with a passion due to his constant underhand behaviour.
      PS. I was there for four of those years.

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  24. 42
    Vague is a Prat says:

    Watch out Mugabe & Co. Remember the treacherous Tony Bliar kissing Gadaffi ? Vague and Camoron are of the same ilk.

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  25. 44
    Jimmy says:

    Fair’s fair, Mugabe did endorse the tories at the last election.

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    • 46
      mugabe viper says:

      mugabe and the venal ANC devoted their time to extolling and exporting the anti white message that destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy. They infected south africa with the same anti-white settler rhetoric and actions and always conjoin it with the progressive nationalisation / theft of assets threat or action.

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      • 62
        A corn cob etc etc says:

        But fortunately the racist nonsense in Mozambique next door had ended by the time of the infamous land grab and many of Zim’s white farmers were invited across the border to set up new farms. Many of them accepted and have since done very well – and continue to do so to the benefit of all Mozambicans.

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  26. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Hague agrees to lift EU sanction on Mugabe thugs. Wives will flock to Knightsbridge shops with ill-gotten gains. Elections? Referendum? Bollocks!

    Council conclusions on Zimbabwe

    3222nd FOREIG􏰁 AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 18 february 2013

    The Council adopted the following conclusions:
    1. The EU welcomes the agreement reached between the political parties in Zimbabwe on a final draft constitution and the announcement of a referendum. This step forward in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) adds further momentum to the reform process and paves the way for the holding of peaceful, transparent and credible elections later this year.
    2. Recognising the significance of these advances the EU has agreed to suspend immediately the travel ban imposed on 6 Members of the Government of Zimbabwe. The EU has also agreed to delist 21 persons and one entity subject to restrictive measures.
    3. The EU is encouraged by the continued commitment of the South African Facilitation Team and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as expressed at the recent extraordinary SADC Summits in Dar Es Salaam, in supporting the efforts of the Zimbabwean parties to implement the GPA and the SADC Roadmap.
    4. As demonstrated in July 2012 and the agreement by the Council today the EU, consistent with its incremental approach, stands ready to further adjust its policy to recognise progress as it is made by the Zimbabwean parties along the SADC Roadmap. As stated in the Council Conclusions of July 2012, a peaceful and credible constitutional referendum would represent an important milestone justifying an immediate suspension of the majority of all remaining EU targeted restrictive measures against individuals and entities.
    5. Reaffirming its partnership with the people of Zimbabwe, the EU calls on all political parties to maintain the momentum allowing for the holding of democratic elections later this year and to complete the implementation of the GPA and the SADC Roadmap. The EU reiterates its commitment to political dialogue with the Government of National Unity and to work with any Government formed as the result of a peaceful, transparent and credible electoral process.”

    British investor Timolene Tibbett had her farm seized by Mugabe’s thugs in 2002. In 2009 along with ten others she was awarded £22 million compensation by a World Bank court that ordered Zimbabwe to pay. They have consistently refused.

    She said:”Years of a coherent and credible British foreign policy has been thrown away today. Mugabe has been rewarded for failure. He has constantly failed to respect the rule of law and democracy as we have seen yet his cronies can now come to shop in London and their assets, gained from corrupt activities are now unfrozen.

    We have always maintained that if Mugabe and his henchmen are to be brought in from the cold it should be done in response to positive action on his part. This means a peaceful, credible and fair election later this year. It also means payment of outstanding arbitration resettlements, including the £22 million Funnekotter and others case, won in April 2009 against illegal expropriation of our investments in the country.

    Mugabe has constantly failed to reform the economy and politics of Zimbabwe. They ensure that a small few become grotesquely wealthily and powerful, at the expense of the people and the rule of law. We believe today’s decision to reward Mugabe in response to nothing will compound this behaviour and further condemn the people of Zimbabwe to repression and poverty.

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  27. 67
    Tally Ho! A hunting we will go. says:

    String ‘em up!

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    • 68
      A corn cob etc etc says:

      Couldn’t have put it better or more succinctly myself. Bravo!

      There should have been a final clause to that Agreement to the effect “but only after Mugabe and Zanu-PF have left the stage”.

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