Nothing to show for our diamonds: Chimene

Cde Chimene

Cde Chimene

Obert Chifamba Mutare Bureau
Diamond mining at Chiadzwa did not benefit Manicaland Province, but brought problems like environmental degradation and potential health challenges owing to chemicals used by the miners, Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi Chimene has said.

She told The Herald Eastern Edition that Manicaland had nothing tangible to show for diamonds being mined in the province. Minister Chimene said infrastructure in the province was dilapidated and needed urgent rehabilitation.

“We may have benefited as a nation, especially as some of the money was used to recapitalise different sectors of the economy, but as the custodians of the mineral, we did not get anything tangible,” she said.

“Roads, schools and hospitals are in a very bad state, yet diamonds would be mined and transported to Harare without even repairing the same roads that the transporters used.

“Our provincial hospital is in shambles. Our schools do not have critical amenities, while roads are almost impassable in some parts, yet we were producing a mineral that had the potential to get the wheels of the national economy turning.

“Our people are devastated. They needed to see something tangible from the diamonds. I am also very disappointed.”

Minister Chimene said companies that were extracting diamonds before the coming in of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) last year had failed to meet the Government requirement of establishing Community Share Ownership Trust schemes.

She said only Mbada met part of the requirements.

“Manicaland Province has some of the best scenic attractions to boost our tourism earnings, but we fail to market or give them the much-needed facelift using proceeds from diamond mining,” said Minister Chimene.

“We have an aerodrome that could have easily become a vital cog in our tourism sector as a province if it were upgraded to an airport. Most tourists want to do long distances from the air, then tour attractive sites by road so many could be staying away because of such factors.”

Minister Chimene said the market place for horticultural products was also in shambles, while the diamond companies hired experts outside the province, denying locals jobs.

She lauded Government for taking over operations at Chiadzwa.

“At the moment, Government is facing capitalisation challenges,” said Minister Chimene. “It is too early to judge their performance. We will begin to see progress soon.

“The problem at the moment is that illegal panners had descended on Chiadzwa soon after the ejection of the nine companies, so Government has been concentrating more on protective issues rather than productive ones, but results will soon show.”

As of May this year, official Government statistics showed that ZCDC was producing between 95 000 and 100 000 carats a month against a target of approximately of between 300 000 and 350 000 carats.

Manicaland Province is endowed with a lot of mineral deposits that include gold, copper, bauxite, arsenic and iron.

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  • eliah

    Chimene, Chimene why open fresh wounds the President was o record on this a hack of a time ago and told everyone who had ears to listen that 15bidza could not be accounted for , now you dare add salt to a chapter which was beginning to heal, pse spare us.
    In fact we no longer have anything to show for as a nation.

  • Reuben Mukondiwa

    So you think its only Manicaland that has been grounded to dust?Nooo the whole of Zimbabwe needs overhaul.Varungu ehe vanehutsinye and hapana asingazvizive but in terms of managing things vanogona havo zvimwe ndezvimwe.Yes you may say whatever you want about that fact of whites being good administrators but that is the reality.Right now in Harare go to Avondale shopping centre,Chisipite shopping centre,to mention but a few and see the state at which those places are now.I still remember back in 90s when those areas where like some sort of Sandton areas of Zim but now zvakafa zvese.Also gayai nyika inoshaya maShopping malls and people are scattered all over Cbd instead yekungoperera paMall..Haaa zvakadhakwa…Go to Chegutu,Kadoma,Kwekwe and Gweru and see the state of those towns..Haaa Zimbabwe yese inotoda kutangwa from stage 1..This is all because of Zanu Pf Gvt’s dead policies..Haa i think we now need pragmatic Gvt not vocal people who make empty promises to the people ivo vachidya zvavo…Nxaaaaaa

  • Awayfornow

    But our dear leader Cd Amai Dr. Grace can buy a $1.3 million diamond ring in Dubai !

    It reminds one of Marie Antoinette. When presented with the grievances of the poor she replied : “Let then eat cake”

    Can anyone enlighten me on what happened to M Antoinette ?

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Forget about nothing to show for our diamonds. We have nothing to show for Zimbabwe! Except this poverty and hopelessness

  • Cde Ngoda

    Cde Chimbwido, maakuzviona nhasi izvi. Mandiitawepi waitwa sei nhasi? Paya paunopengereka pamisangano yeIce cream uchiita spokisi wamai vevakomana veSmoko unenge uchiti uchenjeri here? Nyika yese ingadai yava pakanaka zvekuti zvirema nechembere ,pensioners, war comrades vangadai vachidya uchi nemukaka pasi pezuva. Asi nekuda kwebenzi rinenge iwe rinotevera chamupupuri nyika haibudiriri. vhara zvako muromo wako, ramba uchiita basa guru nevamwe vako rekutsvaka michetura wekuparadza vane muwono weZimbabwe . Sewe Nyarara zvako. Unocheresa vana vevamwe makuva kwaMutare vamwe veHarare vachichera ngoda, sorry but uri mboko.

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Well, we are now so independent that our First Shopper can go to other countries, assault people, and not even be questioned by police.