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Villagers Demand Compensation For Being Moved From Diamond Fields

Villagers Demand Compensation For Being Moved From Diamond Fields

04/05/2011 13:00:00

Mutare, May 04, 2011 – The remaining 40 families in Chiadzwa diamond fields 
are demanding US$50 000 per family as compensation before they are moved to 
ARDA Transau in Odzi area.

Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT) chairman Malvern Mudiwa said the 
families had agreed not to be moved before receiving their compensation in 
full. CCDT is a trust that was set up by the people of Chiadzwa to fight for 
the rights of the people.

“We have been talking with the government and the companies that are mining 
diamonds that families want to get their full compensation before leaving 
the Chiadzwa area,” said Mudiwa.

Mudiwa said the money will be used to buy shares in the companies that are 
mining the precious gems so that the Chiadzwa community fully benefit.

“Our aim as a trust is to negotiate with the companies mining there to let 
the villagers buy shares so that they also become part of it as well, we 
have been negotiating to get claims but it looks like all the claims have 
been finished,” said Mudiwa.

Mudiwa also said families in the area would also want the issue of graves of 
their relatives to be addressed before they move.

“Where they are extracting diamonds graves are not going to be spared so 
family members want this issue to be addressed before being relocated to 
ARDA Transau,” said Mudiwa. “They want their relatives to be given a decent 
re-burial,” he said.

Farai Maguwu director of Centre for Research and Development, CRD, an NGO 
that looks into human rights abuses in Chiadzwa area said the US$50 000 per 
house hold that is being demanded by the people of Chiadzwa is justified.

“It’s very much justified and it’s also in tandem with the UN habitat 
minimum standards for relocation. First there must be prior concern for the 
people to be moved, secondly there must be adequate preparation in the 
relocation site before people are moved and thirdly there must be 
compensation because normal life is disrupted when people are being moved 
and cultural values are being violated,” said Maguwu.

Maguwu said the families that are being relocated need to have their people 
reburied and it is this cultural dislocation that is caused by these 
movements that companies that are mining in Chiadzwa need to compensate.

“There is also infrastructure that has been developed by these families over 
the years and there is disruption to health, education, agriculture and many 
other basic necessities of life that they are being deprived as the 
government and companies are trying to make the new place habitable. Finally 
it’s not by choice that they are being moved from this area and this forced 
movement is because companies want to make money from Chiadzwa and there is 
nothing wrong with the families getting US$50 000 as compared to the 
billions of dollars that the companies will be making,” said Maguwu.

About twenty families have been moved to from Chiadzwa to ARDA Transau and 
they were paid about US$1 000 per household.

Five companies that are already mining in Chiadzwa are Marange Resources 
formerly Canadile Miners, Mbada Diamonds, Anjin Zimbabwe, Sainol Zimbabwe 
and Pure Diamonds.


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