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CNRG: Mbada diamonds cup: fame or shame
in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 15, 2013
this article on the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition website
Centre for Natural
Resource Governance is deeply concerned with the splashing of cash
towards football by Mbada Diamonds when thousands of people removed
from Marange as a result of its operations are living in abject
poverty. Mbada Diamonds has been sponsoring Mbada Diamonds Cup for
three consecutive years. In the 2013 edition the diamond mining
giant increased their sponsorship to a whooping one million United
States dollars, the biggest sponsorship amount in Zimbabwe’s
As of April 2013 Mbada Diamonds had only managed to complete 100
housing units out of a projected 487 housing units for the relocation
of families affected by its housing operations. Mbada Diamonds,
along with all the other mining
companies in Marange, has refused to compensate the families
forcibly relocated from Marange to Arda Transau, a government-owned
farm located about 40km north of Marange. These families have been
resettled on 1-hectare plots with no additional land for crop cultivation.
to Arda Transau by Centre for Natural Resources Governance and Chiadzwa
Community Development Trust revealed shocking levels of starvation.
Women and children have turned to cutting firewood and grass for
sale at Odzi Business centre, about 9km from Arda Transau, for subsistence.
There is no source of employment at Arda Transau. The primary school
at Arda Transau is incomplete and poorly resourced whilst there
is no accommodation for teachers at the school.
backdrop, it is shocking to see Mbada diamonds splashing a million
dollars towards football as part of Corporate Social Responsibility
programme while neglecting to pay the debt they owe the displaced
and distressed Marange community. It is thus befitting to call Mbada
Diamonds Cup a Cup of Shame. Whilst football coaches, players and
fans will celebrate every goal scored and their victories in the
tournament, it must be known that the real losers in the tournament
are not the losing football teams but the people of Marange whose
poverty and misery is making the tournament possible.
to remind Mbada Diamonds that charity begins at home. Having poured
over 2 million dollars into football over the past 3 years, Mbada
Diamonds has no excuse for not compensating Marange villagers for
displacing them from their ancestral homes.
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