Chiadzwa compensation: Mbada pays up

Displaced business people in the diamond-rich area of Marange in Manicaland province have received compensation from Mbada Diamonds after the completion of an evaluation exercise by Government evaluators.

Chris Mushohwe
Chris Mushohwe

The compensation was handed over by Mbada management in the presence of Manicaland Governor, Chris Mushohwe. It came after a protracted struggle between Chiadzwa community members and the mining companies. A total of three butcheries, a grinding mill, two bottle stores and four general dealers operating at Zengeni shopping centre were affected.

Portia Gwenzi received $40 582, Peter Muchena $69 306 and one Mafute $66 635. But Newman Chiadzwa, who led the locals to demand justice, is yet to receive his compensation. He was later jailed for 10 years by a Mutare magistrate for possessing diamonds without a license. He was released after serving two years behind bars.

Chiadzwa said his incarcerati- on was politically motivated after he exposed Government top officials of corrupt activities in Marange.

Mushohwe said the affected business people will be allocated stands to continue providing their services to villagers, while displaced villagers would get three-bedroom houses costing $55 000 per unit.

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