Zimbabwe: Local community opposes Chinese company Aihua Jianye's quarry mining project due to environmental impacts, company denies allegations

Author: Columbus Mavhunga, Voice of America, Published on: 8 May 2019

"Zimbabwean Villagers Resist a Chinese Company's Mining Project", 7 May 2019.

...villagers north of the capital are resisting a Chinese mining project they say will spoil the environment and fail to bring them much benefit. The villagers are from Domboshava...and they are disputing a Chinese company's decision to start quarry mining. Seventy-year-old Florence Nyamande is among those saying no to the proposed project by Aihua Jianye Company. “The Chinese are the money mongers of Zimbabweans. They take riches here, they take it to China. They do not develop our places. So we do not need them here,”...The villagers do not think Aihua Jianye will create the 500 jobs in the area it promised. They also say the quarry mining will leave large ponds filled with dirty water...

Percy Mudzidzwa, whose company GeoGlobal Environmental Solutions is representing the Chinese firm, rejects allegations that 20,000 people would be affected by the 33 hectare mining project. Some locals say the project will affect a graveyard and a natural spring. Mudzidzwa says that is not so. “Not even a grave is going to be moved. But there is a misconception. We proposed that that the graves be fenced. There is a spring, which is above the grave site, we proposed that the spring be fenced too,” Mudzidzwa explained...

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