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curse of Chiadzwa: villagers lose cattle in Zim diamond fields
Nemadire, Radio VOP
November 19, 2013
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companies here are under fire from traditional leaders who are demanding
compensation for the death of close to a herd of 300 cattle owing
to chemicals which are used to purify gems.The
companies which are being accused of harming the environment include
Anjin, Mbada and Marange Resources which were recently granted mining
permits by the government to
mine diamonds in the area.
the cases of the deaths of our domestic animals to the local authorities
after the concerned diamond mining companies had turned deaf ears
to our complaints. The number of cows which our people have lost
is increasing everyday. We strongly suspect that the companies are
disposing toxic chemicals in Odzi River. We say so because before
these companies started operating here we did not experience this.
The 300 cattle we are talking of, is of this year only,”headman
Nemaramba told Radio VOP in Nyanyadzi at the weekend.
leader, headman Chiduwe said he approached Marange Resources over
has one mistake. When we approached them they reacted by constructing
dams which they are now using, but their problem is that they did
not fence them and as a result our cattle are being trapped by the
mud and die .I personally approached Marange Resources and they
refuted the allegations that they were killing our domestic animals
through the chemicals they use for diamond mining. We have records
of what we are telling you,” said headman Chiduwe.
having a double tragedy here. They are killing our domestic animals
at the same time they are unlawfully terminating employment contracts
for our children,” said another disgruntled villager.
public relations manager only identified as Mukango refused to comment
on the issue.
Last year, five
villagers and an environmental watchdog group sued three diamond
firms, Anjin Investments, Marange Resources and Diamond Mining Company,
which are all extracting diamonds from the Chiadzwa diamond fields
for recklessly discharging untreated mine waste material and effluent
into three rivers during their mining and exploration operations
in Manicaland province. The villagers, Zakeu Nhachi, Rosemary Jena,
Elias Matsveruka, Mayimboti Mayimboti, Isaac Ziwenjere from Buhera
and Chimanimani constituencies charged that the release of untreated
mineral waste and raw human waste had left Odzi, Singwizi and Save
rivers silted, muddied, dirty and loaded with chemical and metal
deposits including iron, chromium and nickel. As a result of the
pollution, the water in the rivers is no longer fit for bathing,
drinking, gardening and watering livestock, according to the villagers,
who claim to depend and have traditionally depended on the rivers
for their subsistence including using the river water for drinking,
bathing, watering livestock, gardening and fishing for many years
before the mining firms commenced operations in the river catchments.
The villagers claimed that the pollution of the rivers had destroyed
aquatic life like fish and disturbed the ecosystem in the rivers
while the waste discharge is exposing them to risks of contracting
diseases such as cancer, cholera, typhoid fever, dental and skeletal
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