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No proper survey carried out at Chiadzwa — MP says MP –

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Reports that hundreds of square kilometres of land is brimming with alluvial diamonds in the Marange area of Chiadzwa could be misleading, a legislator has said.
MP for Chiredzi West Moses Mare, who also sits on the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, said in a recent interview that proper geological surveys had not been carried out in the area and government was only relying on reports from De Beers, the first company that prospected the area looking for the precious mineral.
“The area that was defined to have diamonds in Marange is more than 500 square kilometres, but the area which has been protected is much larger, which is half of Mutare and that does not make any sense,” said Mare. “We need a proper geological survey to be conducted by government to find out which areas should be protected.” Mare said if such a geological survey was conducted, it would paint a very clear picture of whether the Chiadzwa community, which is being forced to relocate, should really be removed because the move could, after all, be avoided and save people from the spiritual anguish of being separated from their ancestral land.
Last year when the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee met the Chiadzwa community at the diamond mine, a Chiadzwa headman Booker Chipindirwe told the MPs that before the people were relocated to Transal Farm, consideration of cultural practices should be taken.
An agreement should be reached with the community on how the remains of their ancestors would be exhumed and reburied at the new place, he said. “More than 4 000 families are being forced to move from their ancestral land and to be relocated to Transal Farm in Odzi. That is not an easy thing because it involves their offspring. It is almost a whole constituency that they are trying to move to Transal Farm and the area which is said to have diamonds is being exaggerated,” said Mare. Mare said he did not know how authorities justified the relocation of the people of Chiadzwa people to Transal Farm.
“The worst thing is that when parliamentarians attempted to visit Transal Farm as part of their itinerary to visit Chiadzwa diamond fields in June, they were denied entry,” he said.
The visit could have given the committee a better picture of whether Transal Farm was suitable for human habitation.
Fani Munengami, MP for Glen View North, who is also a member of the portfolio committee on Mines and Energy, concurred with Mare. “It is unfortunate that we (Mines committee) were refused entry into Chiadzwa. We wanted to see for ourselves whether Transal Farm had facilities such as schools, water, clinics, farming land and accommodation,” said Munengami.
He said Parliament did not want to step into the affairs of the executive, but the executive should also respect the role played by Parliament.
Although the chair of the Mines and Energy committee and MP for Guruve South, Edward Chindori-Chininga, said Manicaland governor Christopher Mushowe had revealed that a lot had been done at Transal Farm, the Mines committee did not know the truth because they had been refused entry into Chiadzwa.

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