Driving around Botswana , pre sat nav using a very good map from I think a Shell petrol station. We were trying to get to the park in Orapa. Drove up the wrong road to one of the big diamond mines, maybe Damtasaa. Bit of a brown trouser moment when a load of chaps ran out with guns.There was some kind of diamond strike in Western Zaire last I was there ( some time back) but the stones were being shipped/smuggled across the Rwanda border and Zaire wasn’t getting its cut.
There was a big fuss in the west when it came out and such stones were dramatically called “blood diamonds” for a while as though this was a new and shocking thing. Quite a lot of white middle class people got on the outrage bus as you may remember.
World champion kleptocrat and all round uttershit Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire and it’s main reason for the total destitution of its population, decided to send in the Zairois army, a more useless gang of rag tag military clowns you have yet to see, to ensure he got his just dues.
The cunning plan didn’t work of course. The army deserted en masse instantly, sold its rifles, bought shovels and started digging.
“T.I.A.” As we used to say: This Is Africa.