Anjin abandoning us — former Chiadzwa villagers

HUNDREDS of villagers who were displaced from their original homes in Chiadzwa in February 2011 to pave way for diamond mining by a Chinese company, Anjin Investments, are facing acute food shortages as the company has stopped supplying them with food handouts.

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The company had initially pledged to continue providing relief food every four months, but stopped doing so in October last year.

The villagers told NewsDay over the weekend that they were now surviving on selling firewood to businesspeople at the nearby townships to raise money to buy food.

Contacted for comment, Anjin’s deputy general manager Getrude Takawira said her company was no longer able to provide food handouts due to cashflow problems.

She, however, said the company last provided the villagers with food handouts in May this year. “The company is going through serious cashflow shortages, but we are trying to encourage them to do irrigation. We will be there for them,” Takawira said.

“We have 471 families relocated to Arda Transau and the infrastructure we put there includes that for water supply and we fund the chemicals used. We were supposed to have completed an irrigation scheme. We were trying to build sustainability and that is why we gave them water and they have land. We should all try to build sustainability.”

The affected villagers who were moved to Arda Transau accused the Chinese-owned diamond mining company, which is in a joint venture with the government, of reducing them to destitutes.

Their spokesperson Cephas Gwayagwaya claimed: “We were last given food in October last year. We were supposed to receive food quarterly. Other companies are doing that to villagers.”

“As a result people are now surviving on selling firewood to residents in Odzi. We are forced to wake up early in the morning to find the firewood and then sell it for a paltry $1 a bundle.

“The money that we are getting is not enough. We walk for long distances to get customers.

“We paved way for mining and the investors are getting a lot of money yet we are living in abject poverty. We want to meet the President (Robert Mugabe) because we suspect that he is being given wrong information about our wellbeing,” said Gwayagwaya.

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13 Comments

  1. Once again……the Chineese are not investors and they dont care about any Zimbabwean. They are here to exploit

  2. So much for mugabe’s look east policy.ende madhimola vari kumora whilst ma locals achidya nhoko dzezvironda.

  3. Well said Legend. Any deal with the Chinese ALWAYS favours the Chinese by far in the longrun & by the time we wake up it will be too late.

  4. apa samanyika akagonekwa apa wakatorerwa diamonds yake apo ayiwumburuka ngekuseke anhu asina kufunda bahwi.
    makamboonepi anhu anotorerwa minda yavo namabvakure in this day and age ??

  5. Bocha people you are stupid, you will die stupid, allowing foreigners to loot your God given resources and you are getting nothing please don’t blame God he gave you diamonds since it is a dry area not suitable for agriculture. You were suppose to be community shareholders, but now you are starving, you shall die of hunger while the Chinese are feasting. mukai mabocha.

    1. @stupid & @rangwani moda kukonzeresa chete apa

      1. @shumba
        uri kutiyiko asi hauziwe wekwa mashayamombe wanodye wachiguta nge platinum project yawo.
        zvimwenizvo ngewese we midlands nezvishavane yavo matebele ne victoria falls.
        you cannot just laugh off nyaya yamauyuka hama. its a travesty i say.

  6. zvichapera, zvigonaka

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  8. Tirikutora mapurazi imi motorerwa ma diamonds nema China, Ko toraiwoka migodhi iyoyo. Udzai MP Chinos zvinopera izvo.

    1. this is a raw deal. takakuudzai kuti machina madhongi evanhu, honai vana vevhu votemura nekudya nhoko dzezvironda makava aya achizvambarara panyatso yanehanda. nxaaaaa ndagumbuka.

  9. COLONISATION nemaBRITISH kana maZHINGZHONG has no difference. Marange people should know that they were colonised by their own people and the Chinese. They mustnt cry coz they even went on to tell lies to the whole world that they were fine. Majaira zvemahara. Very stupid people. Who did you vote for?

  10. COLONISATION nemaBRITISH kana maZHINGZHONG has no difference. Marange people should know that they were colonised by their own people and the Chinese. They mustnt cry coz they even went on to tell lies to the whole world that they were fine. Majaira zvemahara. Very stupid people.

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