Kennady Diamonds Commences Summer Drill Program

Trading of shares set to commence on July 10, 2012 under symbol KDI (TSX-V)

Shares Issued and Outstanding: 16,143,112

TORONTO, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Kennady Diamonds Inc. ("Kennady Diamonds", the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced at the Company's 100%-controlled Kennady North diamond project located in Canada's Northwest Territories. Two drill rigs have been mobilized to Kennady North with one drill rig focused on in-fill drilling along the Kelvin-Faraday kimberlite corridor and the second focused on approximately 20 newly discovered high-priority geophysical targets that are accessible from land during summer.

Kennady Diamonds President and CEO, Patrick Evans, commented: "Kennady North is an exceptionally prospective diamond exploration project, located adjacent to the Gahcho Kué JV between De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds ("Mountain Province"). Gahcho Kué is the world's largest and richest new diamond mine development. The known kimberlites at Kennady North show a remarkable similarity to the Gahcho Kué kimberlites."

Mr. Evans added: "Our priority is to define a resource along the Kelvin-Faraday kimberlite corridor which hosts three diamondiferous kimberlites. In addition, we are very excited about the newly discovered kimberlite targets that we will be testing in the next two months. These new targets correspond to unexplained kimberlite mineral trains and bear a close geophysical resemblance to the known kimberlites at Kennady North."

Results from the drill program will be announced as soon as they are received and regular updates are planned during the course of the drill program over the next two months.

About Kennady Diamonds
The Kennady North project comprises thirteen leases and claims located to the west and north of the four leases controlled by the Gahcho Kué Joint Venture between De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province (49%) located in Canada's Northwest Territories.

Exploration at Kennady North commenced in the late 1990's and resulted in the discovery of the diamondiferous Kelvin, Faraday and Hobbes kimberlites. The number of diamonds recovered from these kimberlites and the size-frequency distribution indicate that they may be of comparable grade to the 5034 (1.77 carats per tonne) and Hearne (2.10 carats per tonne) kimberlites at the Gahcho Kué JV. Exploration samples from Kelvin and Faraday returned a relatively large number of macro diamonds with the two largest being a 0.4 carat diamond from Faraday and a 0.09 carat diamond from Kelvin.

The known kimberlites at Kennady North do not explain all the kimberlitic indicators previously recovered from glacial till sampling. Exploration at Kennady North was suspended in 2004 when Mountain Province focused its attention on the Gahcho Kué pre-feasibility and feasibility studies.

Exploration at Kennady North recommenced during 2011 with a 50-meter line-spacing airborne gravity gradiometry (AGG) survey over the entire 123.6 square kilometer project area. The survey identified 106 geophysical targets. Mountain Province recently completed a 560-line-kilometre total magnetic field (MAG) ground survey over all 106 geophysical targets identified by the AGG survey. The 39 high priority targets identified through the AGG and MAG surveys will be drilled as part of the current summer drill program (approximately 20 drill targets) and 2013 winter drill program (approximately 20 drill targets).

Qualified Person
This news release has been prepared under the supervision of Carl G. Verley, P.Geo., who serves as the qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release includes certain information that may constitute "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, the Company's strategic plans, future operations, future work programs and objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE Kennady Diamonds Inc.

For further information:

Kennady Diamonds Inc.
Patrick Evans, President and CEO
(416) 640-1111

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