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community voices – May 2013
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May 07, 2013
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RDCs’ an integrated stakeholder in the extractive sector?
In the quest
to find the source of problems bedeviling the targeted communities
of ward 3,5 and 8 of Chimanimani East CRD undertook a trip to Chimanimani
were it met with different stakeholders including Chimanimani Rural
District Council officials. In his response to allegations of river
pollution by mining companies that is allegedly to have caused death
of livestock in Chimanimani West, the head of environment at Chimanimani
Rural District Council (CRDC) Mr Maringe, confirmed that he had
received several reports of these “mysterious death”
of livestock between 2011 and 2012 although the rate of death has
drastically subsided at the present moment. He further went on to
inform CRD that he had formally written to EMA and the Veterinary
Department over the issue but he did not receive any official response.
accrued from the mining sector
with CRD on its earlier findings on the state of affairs in these
mining communities, as they see no reason why communities living
less than 20 kilometers away from the mining areas are alienated
from benefiting because they are in Chimanimani District.
was receiving assistance here and there from DTZ OZGEO the company
diamonds for the past 3 years at Charles wood farm it appeared
the council has very little influence over mining activities in
their area of jurisdiction because they are not consulted by the
Ministry of mines when mining licences are issued.
CRDC many individuals and companies have come into the area to explore
and mine without approaching council including Mbada diamonds that
have already started mining operations near Wengezi Business Centre.
When approached by CRDC to regularize their mining operations the
company professed ignorance of that legal obligation but somehow
promised to amicably resolve the issue.
lamented the deplorable state of irrigation schemes, roads, schools
and drug shortages in clinics and small mortuaries that could no
longer copy with the rising populations in the district and they
strongly believe these companies could do more to uplift the living
standards of the communities if they are properly coordinated. The
other biggest challenge that was observed by CRD and confirmed by
the council was that stakeholders in this sector like the traditional
leadership, the ministry of mines, Environmental Management Agency
(EMA), Indigenization ministry and local government are running
parallel to each other in natural resource management. Unfortunately
this situation has been exploited by mining companies and very little
contributions towards the development of the communities have been
undertaken in the process. Mr. Maringe highlighted that council
is not only the regulatory authority but it is strategically positioned
through its 5 year development plans to handle developmental initiatives
that are coming from the extractive sector if there is harmony among
stakeholders. Mr. Maringe is hoping that the new mining legal framework
will address some of these challenges noted here if communities
are to realize any meaningful benefits from the management of their
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