Bet­ter days com­ing for Marange com­mu­nity

The Manica Post - - Local News - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

THE Gov­ern­ment will closely mon­i­tor Zim­babwe Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Com­pany Pri­vate Lim­ited in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­mu­nity projects meant to up­lift liveli­hoods of the dis­placed Marange com­mu­ni­ties.

Ad­dress­ing vil­lagers in Chi­adzwa on Wed­nes­day dur­ing a tomb­stone erec­tion cer­e­mony held at Chi­tangazuva Re­burial Ceme­tery site where ZCDC is as­sist­ing vil­lagers to prop­erly re­bury their de­ceased rel­a­tives, Mines and Min­ing Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Cde Wal­ter Chid­hakwa, said it was high time lo­cals ben­e­fit from the min­eral re­sources mined at their doorstep.

He said ZCDC was man­dated to work in har­mony with the Marange com­mu­nity and help im­prove vil­lagers’ lives.

The erec­tion of the tomb­stones, he said, was one of the many ways the pub­lic en­tity was do­ing to right the wrongs that were committed by the pre­vi­ous min­ers.

“ZCDC has the full sup­port of Gov­ern­ment to do pro­grammes for the com­mu­nity. I will con­tinue to fol­low them and ask them how far they have gone in do­ing the projects here in Chi­adzwa,” he said.

“The ZCDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer has in­struc­tions to do pro­grammes for the com­mu­nity. We know that your com­mu­nity share own­er­ship trust does not have funds be­cause it was only given $400 000 which you used to do some projects which were not fin­ished.

“Those projects you started must be com­pleted. I will sit down with ZCDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dr Moris Mpofu, and agree on what amount we will in­ject into the trust,” said Cde Chid­hakwa.

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, Dr Chris Mushohwe, who is also Mutare West leg­is­la­tor, said the Chi­adzwa com­mu­nity must find sal­va­tion with the com­ing on board of ZCDC.

He said lo­cals must be given first em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties at the mines.

“I am very happy with the re­la­tions ZCDC is build­ing with the com­mu­nity. This is ac­tu­ally dif­fer­ent from what we used to ex­pe­ri­ence when there many com­pa­nies here. Now the new Gov­ern­ment com­pany can re­late with the peo­ple, can lis­ten to the peo­ple’s plight and I as the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for this area and a child born from this area, I am very op­ti­mistic about the good re­la­tion­ship that is ex­ist­ing,” he said.

Dr Mushohwe said the pre­vi­ous min­ers gave vil­lagers a lot of empty prom­ises.

He said Cde Chid­hakwa had shown com­mit­te­ment, to­gether with the ZCDC man­age­ment, in help­ing the Chi­adzwa com­mu­nity and en­sure that vil­lagers ben­e­fit from the di­a­monds.

Dr Mpofu said ZCDC gives due re­gard to com­mu­nity needs and is­sues since cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity forms part of their strate­gic pil­lars.

“Con­trary to the ex­pec­ta­tions of both the com­mu­nity, Gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers, devel­op­ment in the Marange area bares lit­tle re­flec­tion of the wealth that the area has cre­ated and has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate. This is part of the rea­sons why ZCDC has taken de­lib­er­ate ac­tion to en­gage the com­mu­nity with the in­ten­tion of ad­dress­ing key so­ci­etal is­sues among them be­ing the event we are gath­ered for here for.

“We ac­knowl­edge that a lot still needs to be done and at the same time we give as­sur­ance in the pres­ence of our prin­ci­pals and stake­hold­ers that ZCDC gives due re­gard to com­mu­nity needs and is­sues,” he said.

“We are work­ing on pro­grammes that will trans­form the com­mu­nity land­scape of Marange. ZCDC is a child of this com­mu­nity. It is part of the com­mu­nity and it is seized with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the lives of or­di­nary Zim­bab­weans par­tic­u­larly those in this area are trans­formed through ex­tract­ing wealth hid­den un­der­ground in di­a­monds and cre­at­ing trans­gen­er­a­tional wealth for the na­tion at large.

“To date, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has in­vested in bore­hole drilling and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, road main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes, school ren­o­va­tions and clinic ca­pac­i­tat­ing, schol­ar­ship spon­sor­ship and grad­u­ate trainee pro­gramme ben­e­fit­ting the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Some of the vil­lagers cel­e­brate the new de­vel­op­ments in Chi­adzwa at the tomb­stone erec­tion cer­e­mony held at Chi­tangazuva Re­burial Ceme­tery site where ZCDC is as­sist­ing vil­lagers to prop­erly re­bury their de­ceased rel­a­tives on Wed­nes­day

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