Zimbabwe: Conflicts between Chinese mining companies & communities on the rise, we invited companies to respond, Tsingshan Group & Anjin did not respond
Zimbabwe is witnessing growing conflicts between Chinese mining companies and indigenous communities who are being evicted from their ancestral lands without compensation to pave way for mining operations. Hundreds of villagers in different parts of the country have been evicted while others face displacement to make way for Chinese firms since the beginning of the year. In Mutoko, Mashonaland East province, Kaseke villagers face eviction from their ancestral land after a Chinese mining company, Heijin, was given a special grant to extract black granite on land covering 300 hectares. Similarly, in Marange, Manicaland province, Chiadzwa villagers are resisting eviction to pave way for diamond mining by Chinese company Anjin Investments. In Chivhu, Mashonaland East province, Chinese multinational company, Tsingshan Group Holdings is seeking to displace hundreds of villagers to kick-start iron and steel mining operations. The story is the same in Hwange, Matabeleland North province, where 600 Dinde villagers are fighting against a proposed coal mining project by Chinese mining company, Beifa Investments, fearing displacement.