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Published: January 29, 2009
Bulawayo (ZimEye) – The Zanu-PF government has mulled plans to forcibly move nearly 5 000 families from Chiadzwa area to facilitate the plundering of diamonds.
The families are to be dumped at an Arda farm in Odzi as the President Robert Mugabe-led government intensify looting of the precious minerals.
Villagers are barred from walking near the diamond fields and a number of people have been killed and maimed in the “blood diamonds.”
The army is spearheading the evictions of some 4 700 villagers most of whom have lost property worth thousands of United States dollars. No compensation has been promised from the government.
Manicaland governor Chris Mushowe confirmed to this publication that the families were being removed from their properties.
He said the families were facing removal from their homes “anytime.”
The government has launched Operation Hakudzokwi to crackdown on diamond panners.
Sources in Chiadzwa said the villagers were protesting against removal from their original area.
The Zanu-PF regime has turned Chiadzwa are into diamond killing fields as the government loots the resources without benefiting the local community. The Europe Union has called for investigations into the plundering of the diamonds.
The governor of Zimbabwe’s central bank, Gideon Gono, ordered a crackdown, following revelations that over 500 syndicates were handling more than $1bn a month in illegally dug diamonds.