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Zimbabwe: "Government bilateral investment deals should not leave communities poorer", says BHRRC researcher

Author: Ngonidzashe Dapira, The Eastern Times (Zimabwe), Published on: 2 October 2017

‘Government bilateral investment deals should not leave communities poorer’, 6 Sept 2017

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre East African researcher Joseph Kibugu during a Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association meeting with Marange community based organisations held in Mutare...urged communities relocated from Chiadzwa to pave way for diamond mining to speak out loud against unfair compensation and any form of human rights violation...“You need to share your stories from a human perspective depicting the true extent of human rights violation caused by unfair compensation of your relocation. How you tell your stories is therefore very important.” The workshop follows after Marange Development Trust, a community based organisation, through the assistance of ZELA successfully filed a High Court interdict last month to stop the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company from operating without an Environment Impact Assessment certificate...MDT trustee and director Malvern Mudiwa said it was important for ZCDC to open up to dialogue with community based organisations...32-year old Sekai Muchabaiwa a mother of three in December refused to be relocated and demanded for $25 000 as compensation to relocate....

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