Tunatazama - Community Monitors

Marange demonstration

Josphat Makaza ,CCDT info/24/04/18

Following successive unfulfilled promises by ZCDC the Marange community lead by Chiadzwa Community Development Trust and Bocha Diamond Trust staged a peaceful demonstration against the government owned diamond mine. The demo which started yesterday ended today with ZCDC ready to meet a body of representatives from the community . The body comprises of Marange Chiefs, headmans and representation from community based organisations in the area and in Arda Transacu. An MOU will be signed as soon as possible that seeks to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges the community is facing since diamond mining started. Thousands community members gathered and said no to illegal mining. The company is operating without the social operating licence.