Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa GOVERNMENT has ordered a stop to all diamond mining activities in Chiadzwa with immediate effect with companies operating in the areas fields given 90 days to remove equipment and other valuables. Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa told a press conference this morning that the companies have been operating illegally for the past four to five years after their special grants expired and were not renewed. The decision comes after the companies have been resisting government’s move to consolidate diamond mining operations under one company called the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC). “Since they no longer hold any titles, these companies were notified this morning to cease all mining activities with immediate effect and…