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Mugabe forces 5 000 families out of homes

Published: January 29, 2009

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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.
(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)


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3 Comments on "Mugabe forces 5 000 families out of homes"

  1. smiler mucaradi on Thu, 29th Jan 2009 12:54 pm 

    Did you expect mining to go into full operation while the people are still settle there?

    What you should be searching is whether the people from Chiadzwa will be compensed adequately, e.g. receiving royalties from the mining operations.

    Your present as one of those who believe panning is acceptable.

  2. Chondo kupisa on Thu, 29th Jan 2009 3:46 pm 

    iwe mucaradi, wy can’t u sympathise wth the masses. we are tired of cruel Zanu-PF thugs. its obvious that the villagers will not be compensated. You should understand the kind of people you are dealing with.

  3. smiler mucaradi on Thu, 29th Jan 2009 8:22 pm 

    Chondo Kupisa,

    If there was a white owned company seeking to mine there you would be ululating, wouldn’t you.

    The fact of the matter is that the villagers have to make way sooner or later.

    What persons like yourself, if you come from Chiadzwa is to campaign for fair compansation. From reports that we have received from official sources, the land they have been allocated, a former ARDA farm has more fertile land. However to bring the people into the modern economy more could be done e.g. that all unskilled and low skill jobs be ring fenced for the people of Chiadwa community, and that the locals through their traditional or other local structure receive royalties from the proceeds of the diamond sales.

    Ae you telling me that you pefer to remain as backward as they are the moment?

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