Learning in some schools is almost impossible due to constant thunderous rock blasting, said the vice chairperson of the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust, MalvernMudiwa.
“The noise is seriously affecting schools in the area. At times it is unbearable. There are four companies operating here. We urge the government and the companies involved to attend to this problem,” said Mudiwa whose organisation fights for the rights of the Chiadzwa community.
Mudiwa said only 22 families in the area have so far been relocated to ArdaTransau farm. The other villagers are still in the dark as to when they are going to be moved.
“Those who have been relocated have only received a relocation allowance and no compensation. At the ArdaTransau farm those relocated were first accommodated in old tobacco barns until CCDT intervened and four-roomed houses were built for them,” he said.
The remaining villagers will not vacate their homes until their demands are met.
“We want the villagers to decide for themselves where they want to be relocated to. Most of the villagers do not want to be relocated to Arda. We also want the government and the companies involved to address the issues of compensation and the relocation of our forefathers’ graves,” he said.
Mudiwa also accused Angin, Diamond mining company, Marange Resources and Mbanda Diamonds of failing to plough back their profits into the community.Post published in: News