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Mufute Tawanda Diamond relocated communities face hallenges

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Diamond relocated communities face water challenges
It’s now three weeks since Zimbabwe National Water Authority and ZESA closed all source of water to two communities namely Anjin and Jinani. A close source said that ZESA had disconnected electricity to ZINWA pumps citing non-payment of bills that amounts to $15 000. The disconnection left the communities to survive from unprotected water supplies like wells, rivers and gullies. The families are finding it difficult to pay bills since they have no source of income. The new company ZCDC is doing nothing to improve the conditions in Arda Transau. Nothing has come from the fforts made by the youth of Arda Transau Relocation Development Trust since the local authority is protecting the company instead of serving the people. It seems ZCDC has no interest in the relocated families. ATRDT now worries that water borne diseases could be on the rise. With schools opening in January Chirasika Primary School with enrolment of more than 1300 pupils will be having unsafe water to drink.

Communities relocated from Marange Chiadzwa to Arda Transau to pave the way for formal diamond mining are not happy by the standard of houses constructed for them. Most houses have cracks with some cracks getting more dangerous each passing rainy season. Most houses were built on water ways and others on marshy places. Construction of these houses were not closely supervised since some foundations did not match different soil textures in Arda Transau. Insufficient cement was used, and insufficient roofing nails were used resulting in some roofs blowing off in stormy weather.