violation of villagers’ rights
– Villagers in Chivi
Rural District Council (RDC) Ward 20 are not happy with Murowa Diamonds’
operations which they say are extending to school grounds and other unsuitable
places thereby creating a big hazard in the community.
through its ‘grossly irresponsible’ diamond prospecting and mining work.
arrived in March 2018, villagers were told that only feasibility studies to
determine whether or not mining was sustainable were being done, nothing more
and nothing less.
community in an honest manner and there is a lot that they are hiding. We were
told they will only be taking samples for six months or so but now they have
been mining for over a year. The reality is they are already mining and the
community is not benefiting in any way.
disrupted our way of life and now we have to live with many health hazards. As
a community, we want a meeting with the company so that they clearly explain their
operations and how they intend to involve us and deal with the risks they have
created for the community,” said Tinashe Mkandi, a villager in the area.
held a meeting with villagers and advised them to desist from signing any
papers they did not understand as they could be tricked into signing agreement
forms with the mine.
Diamonds’ main operations were situated barely 50 metres from St Simon’s Zhara
Primary School classrooms. They said they were not happy with this because the mining
activities were noisy and distractive to school pupils.
school. How will our children concentrate in all that noise from the drilling?”
said one villager who refused to be identified.
mining in school grounds and was using the school’s boreholes.
head, Lazarus Ivhurinosara could be working in cahoots with the diamond mine in
return for favours known only to him.
lawyers stating that parents wanted to know if he had any agreement with Murowa.
on school grounds (and is) making a lot of noise to pupils thereby making their
learning difficult. Our clients instructed us to demand to know from you what
type of arrangement you have with Murowa Diamonds,” reads part of the letter
from Matutu and Mureri Legal Practitioners.
animals (turkeys and cattle) died after they
drank waste water from the mining operations.
community had engaged lawyers and was now waiting to be advised on the way
officials on July 17 but mine officials later called the community’s lawyers
asking for a postponement. They, however, did not give any reason why they
wanted a postponement and neither did they suggest a date more convenient to
that is what it will take to force the company to the negotiation table.