Diamond miners dump Chiadzwa families

Published: 06 January 2014
More than 3 000 families in and around the Chiadzwa diamond fields face hunger after their farmland was barricaded by mining concessions leaving them with nowhere to grow crops for sustenance, it has been established.

Their plight is exacerbated by the fact that some companies mining diamonds in the area appear not keen on building houses for affected families on land provided by Government in 2011 and, officials say, some diamond mining firms have been reluctant to give the families food handouts while at the same time stalling their relocation.

To that end, Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Christopher Mu- shohwe called on mining companies to expedite the required relocations.

Only 1 400 out of about 4 500 families from the diamond-rich area, Minister Mu- shohwe said, had been moved to Arda Transau four years ago.

Government provides land for relocations while the diamond mining companies must bankroll construction of houses and other amenities such as schools, clinics and roads.

There are seven companies licensed to mine diamonds in Chiadzwa: Mbada Diamonds, Marange Resources, Anjin Investments, Diamond Mining Company (DMC), Jinan, Kusena and Gye Nyame.

They mostly operate as joint ventures with the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation , which has come under fire from President Mugabe for not contributing to the national economy as it should.

Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa has since dissolved the ZMDC board, as well as those of the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe and Marange Resources. Marange Resources is wholly-owned by ZMDC.

Minister Mushohwe said: "Because of the mining activities in the area, most of the people lost their (farming) fields since they are in mining concessions, meaning that they cannot farm for subsistence.

"We are happy that some few companies such as Mbada have been giving food handouts in Mukwada and Chiadzwa. But the other companies are not doing the same, something that is a worry to us. We have complained about that and urged them to emulate Mbada.

"We want them to make sure they relocate these families as a matter of urgency because our people cannot keep breathing and sucking dust from the mining activities where they are not getting anything."

Minister Mushohwe said there was still room for more relocations at Arda Transau and Government was ready to provide more land when asked.

He said some companies were not relocating families because they were on land where mining activities were yet to  start. The companies, he said, ignored the fact that those families already lost their fields meaning they could not run sustainable lives.
- online
Tags: Chiadzwa ,

Latest News

Gift Chimanikire rears pigs at Belvedere home
MDC-T MP for Southerton  Gift Chimanikire is rearing pigs at his ...
Mujuru rescued Mugabe from being life-teacher
President Robert Mugabe could still be  a teacher at some obscure...
Zimra extend 'corrupt' bosses suspension
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has  reportedly extended...
Air Zimbabwe appoint pilot as CEO
Struggling Air Zimbabwe  has made a shock appointment by catapul...
Banking sector brace for job cuts
ZIMBABWE'S  banking sector is planning a massive retrenchment as...
Walter Mzembi eager to rule
Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi has received...
Highlanders in deep trouble
Highlanders face a heavy fine by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) foll...
Millions raised from tollgates
 Intertoll Zimbabwe has collected $56 million from the nine toll...
Annual inflation sheds -1,60pc
Zimbabwe's inflation for the month of July 2016 fell by 0.24 perc...
Delta pour $1,1m into sorghum contract farming
DELTA Beverages plans to inject more than $1,1 million into its Bever...
Title race rumbles on
The Castle Lager Premiership enters week 19 this weekend with a full s...
Statutory Instrument 64 fuels high cost of living
THE cost of living has increased slightly compared to last month, a de...
METALLON Gold reports increased production
METALLON Gold group production has increased by nine percent in the se...
Bindura Nickel suffer production drop
Nickel production at the Asa Resources-owned Bindura Nickel Corporatio...
ZB post 46% PAT
ZB Financial Holdings on Thursday reported a 46 percent increase in P...
Mugabe caught offside on war veterans
A High Court Judge Justice Joseph Musakwa barred acting war veteran's ...
Highlanders fall, Dynamos held
Highlanders 1Mutare City  2 Highlanders continued to stumble ...
Tourism arrivals improve
Toursim arrivals increased  16 percent in  the first quar...
Tobacco auction season close
THE 2016 flue-cured tobacco auction season close on Friday after 90...
Aliko Dangote denied Zim visa
Immigration Department reportedly denied Nigerian investor Aliko Da...
Zim explores alternatives to flue-cured Virginia tobacco
Small-scale tobacco farmers in the Burma Valley embarked on a ciga...
NetOne sack bosses
By Nomsa PhiriThree NetOne board members have been fired by Governm...
Tsvangirai extremely frail
By Nomsa PhiriCancer of the colon is taking its toll on former Pr...
Caps United close gap on FC Platinum
Results   FC Platinum 1 Hwange 1 Tsholotsho 0Caps Uni...
Another scandal at Zesa
ZESA Holdings continues to incur huge costs for the storage of equipm...
Journalists attack brutal police
EDITORS in Zimbabwe have condemned the savage assault of journalists ...
Riot police crush protests
HEAVILY armed police fired tear gas in Harare Wednesday  to dis...
Telecel on expansion drive
Zimbabwe's third largest mobile network operator, Telecel says it has...
NSSA announce key appointments
The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has made key managerial...
Zimra revenue increase
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has  posted  a 10...
Government sabotaging tourism-- ZTA
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer, Karikoga K...
Caps United gets Bosso revenge
Caps United  1 Highlanders 0Chicken Inn 2 Harare City 0Hwange 1...
Zimbabweans love money-- RBZ boss
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya has said Zimb...
Too many business association bother Government
Industry minister  Michael Bimha has complained that there...
Sean Williams takes maiden century as Chevrons fall
Sean Williams scored a maiden test century in vain as New Zealand cli...