Parly questions Mbada Cup

Parliament has quizzed Mbada Diamonds about the logic behind sponsoring a $1 million annual soccer tournament while failing to cater for poor villagers displaced at Chiadzwa diamond fields.

The query was raised by Justice Wadyajena, chairperson for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment last Thursday, when Mbada Diamonds was giving oral evidence on the company’s social responsibilities.

He asked Board Chairman Robert Mhlanga why his company was failing to fully commit itself to the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust, while bankrolling the $1 soccer tourney.

“People you displaced from their land at Chiadzwa are crying due to economic hardships. Your company contributed $200,000 towards the local community share ownership trust which expected $10 million from Mbada Diamonds,” said the judge.

Mhlanga said the company was ploughing back to the community through the soccer, saying: “Imagine the millions of smiles Mbada Diamonds has put on more than a million faces through sport.”

The tournament gives communities around the country the opportunity to watch top flight football in their hometowns.

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