Fears of a fresh diamond disaster similar to that of Marange is looming in Tsvingwe, near Penhalonga, in Manicaland province, following reports that the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) has commenced diamond exploration in the area.
The Zimbabwe Independent quoted director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance, Farai Maguwu as saying that ZCDC had told Tsvingwe villagers last march that they may be evicted to pave way for diamonds mining.
"We engaged ZCDC officials, who said the exploration is underway, but surprisingly they came back and asked villagers to sign forms accepting that they will be evicted and compensated by government,” he said.
"Our issue is very simple, deal with villagers who are yet to be compensated in Chiadzwa first and then come to Tsvingwe. We cannot allow another Chiadzwa to take place in Tsvingwe."
The weekly reports that the presence of mining engineers in Tsvingwe was “seen as a precursor of government's take-over of the fields and displacement of villagers reminiscent of what happened in Chiadzwa where villagers were subjected to gross human rights abuses when government launched Operation Hakudzokwi (Operation No Return)”.