Shops In Chiadzwa Diamond Area Ordered To Close

In an interview with Radio VOP, the business people said they were losing income as they as they were being forced to close down their shops.

“Security agents in Chiadzwa are forcing is to close down our businesses citing that we are in a protected area and soon we are going to be relocated,” said Tonderai Tondoya a business person in the area.

Tondoya said security agents are spending the whole day at the business centre chasing customers who want to come and buy from their shops.

Tondoya said he has already shelved his plans on expanding his business empire in the area as their future is uncertain.

“I was in the process of applying for a restaurant and butchery license but I have shelved all these plans because our future is uncertain in this area,” said Tondoya.

Shuah Mudiwa the Member of Parliament for Mutare West said he is deeply concerned by what is taking place in Chiadzwa.

The five mining companies in Chiadzwa area have so far relocated about 50 families to ARDA Transau in Odzi. The companies that are mining diamonds in Chiadzwa are Anjin, Pure Diamonds, Marange Resources, Mbada Diamonds and Sainol Zimbabwe.