By Nelson Banya
Harare - Zimbabwean police have arrested six directors linked to a joint venture mining diamonds in the controversial Marange gem fields on allegations of fraudulently acquiring the concession, state media reported on Thursday.
The arrested executives include five officials from the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and a Zimbabwean representative of its South African partner, Core Mining and Minerals, in the 50-50 diamond mining joint venture, Canadile Miners.
The directors were facing charges of misrepresenting to government that the joint venture firm had the capacity to fund mining operations at its Marange concession, the state-controlled Herald newspaper said.
The newspaper said Canadile has since been barred from Marange, with the ZMDC now running mining operations on its own.