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ED: Communities Have Final Say On Mining Projects

ED: Communities Have Final Say On Mining Projects

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Government will not allow mining companies to displace communities from their ancestral lands and mining operations can only go ahead when those communities agree.

Mnangagwa said this while addressing ZANU PF supporters during a rally at Chidodo Primary School in Uzumba, Mashonaland East Province on Saturday.

The President said Zimbabwe welcomes foreign investment but the country should set the rules of engagement. He said:

We do not want people who come to do mining in an area and disrupt people’s ways of life.

Communities come first and that should be respected. No mining should happen unless the people and their community leaders agree.

If the community says a project cannot go on, that should be final.

I heard that there were people who wanted to do mining on school premises. That is unacceptable.

I told the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution (for Mashonaland East, Apollonia Munzverengwi), that all those who try and impose their projects on communities should be reported.

However, multiple reports allege that foreign-owned mining companies, especially Chinese-owned, have been polluting rivers and destroying the environment while ignoring concerns raised by locals.

READ MORE: Govt Dismisses Dinde Villagers’ Concerns

In Dinde, Hwange, a coal-mining company, Beifa Investments (Pvt) Ltd, allegedly desecrated graves and is pushing local people off their ancestral land. The company denies the accusations.

Dinde Residents Association (DRA) deputy chairperson Never Tshuma was arrested on charges of inciting public violence after leading villagers in a protest against the coal mining venture by Beifa Investments.

More: The Sunday Mail

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Gabadela 5 months ago

No one in their normal senses can come into an area from China,start mining and disrupt people's lives unless they are given the mining rights by your people Mr Pres. Hameno pamwe kusanzwisisa kwangu. Chokwadi chiripo ndechekuti these people were given rights by the govt,and now the govt yaakutivhara telling us kuti makamisa vanhu vese vanoda kuminer on disputed areas,really🤔🤔
Come #2023

### 5 months ago

Mudhara muchavhara vanhu kumaraini kwangu vakapazira vanhu minda vachi miner gold kana action yakatorwa ngavangobuda vose full stop

S 5 months ago

Yes the Chinese should respect people's homes. Not to do their mining by displacing people. Zimbabweans never went to China for mining. So why are they mining here? Chinese must go and mine in their country China not here.

Matrix 5 months ago

The Chinese should be reigned in. The President is right. The people have a say.

Mdara Odza 5 months ago

Matrix you are some idiot to suggest that Mnangagwa is doing the right thing. Reality on the ground is Chinese relocated some people in Mutoko agyee telling them straight in their faces that they've got no title to the land.

Gundwane Ndiweni 5 months ago

The President is right? You're a moron for thinking he is not aware of what os going on.

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