Villagers don’t have title to communal land: Chinese miners

Source: Villagers don’t have title to communal land: Chinese miners – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
CHINESE mining company, Heijin, has reportedly told villagers in Kaseke, Uzumba district, that they have no capacity to stop their eviction to pave way for granite stone mining as they have no title deeds to the disputed communal land.

Chief Nyajina last Wednesday told a high-powered government delegation tasked to resolve the land dispute that the mining company’s representatives had told them to stop fighting for their ancestral land since they did not have rights to it.

The delegation comprised Local Government minister July Moyo, Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Aplonia Munzverengwi, Mines deputy minister Polite Kambamura, Zanu PF acting Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Michael Madanha, Uzumba legislator Simbaneuta Mudarikwa  and Maramba legislator Tichaona Karimazondo, among others

Chief Nyajina said the company’s representatives were disrespectful and claimed to be connected to the highest offices on the land.

“What pained me the most is when this company told us villagers are not important as we do not have title deeds to our land. In other words, that means that those with mining certificates are now the custodians or owners of the land and we do not matter anymore,” he said.

The traditional leader, who is resisting the takeover of the entire village by the company without following necessary procedures, said the Asian miners told him to look for alternative land for his subjects.

“Here are the questions ministers: If we award 300 hectares to one person in the rural areas, where are our children going to stay? Where will I put all those people? A Heijin representative openly told me and my village heads to look for alternative land for our people — and I asked, where? Is this the correct procedure which they followed?

“There should be consultations with the community first. My word to Deputy minister Kambamura is that the way these blocks are being parcelled out is not proper. We only see people coming with letters from the Mines ministry stating that a certain piece of land is now theirs,” he said.

“We have other companies that have invested in our area. They engaged us before they started mining operations. We told them of sacred places that should not be disturbed and they listened. But this company (Heijin) is not like that. I do not know where their powers are coming from. I suggest that their powers be trimmed.”

Chief Nyajina further alleged that the Mines ministry had misrepresented facts to the effect that only 20 households would be affected after 300 hectares were pegged.

“We found out that more than 70 homesteads fall within the pegged area yet a government official claimed that only 20 households would be affected. Moreover, the mine representatives are saying only five households are affected. People should stop lying to the nation,” he said.

Government officials then promised to summon the mining company and Mashonaland East provincial mines officers to resolve the standoff.

COMMENTS

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    Ndonga 3 weeks ago

    So, we fought a terrible war to rid us of Smith and his people and now we have even more cruel dictators to deal with.
    But the really sad thing is that these newcomers have the full support of the people that we believed were our leaders.
    Smith’s children where are you?
    All is forgiven.
    Come back and save our people.

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    Mukanya 3 weeks ago

    ZanuPF created the monster problem…

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    Nyoni 3 weeks ago

    No respect for our customs etc. These Chinese are now coming here acting as if they own us. This regime must go.

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      Punungwe 2 weeks ago

      You are so much in debt to them – they do now own your body and soul (and land). Expect a Uighur fate.

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      Mpopota 2 weeks ago

      Not acting as if … our level of debt to them is such that they do own us.

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    citizen 2 weeks ago

    They’re indigenous. According to the late president.

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    J. Matabeleland 2 weeks ago

    “Smith’s children” ! I like that. According to Eddie there are about 5 million around the world, all avoiding our country because of our ruling “Liberators” excesses. The “yings” are here to stay!!

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    Antelopemine. 2 weeks ago

    Alas, the best solution to the China invasion is way too old to help. The superb soldiers of RDF- black and white!!!

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    Fallenz 2 weeks ago

    I do not like the Chinese… not their way of doing business or their politics.  However, are they the ones to blame for coming to take over Zim.  How about those in power who allowed them to come and impose themselves, even invited and encouraged their presence.  Those are the accountable ones.  Ask what is to be gained, and WHO enjoys that gain.

    Two years ago someone wrote that China would own Zim in 5 years.  I do not know if it will be complete within the next 3 years, but it will eventually happen if the trend continues.  They’ve been given a good foothold already.