FILE REF ZHRC/CI/0149/16
In the matter between:

Mazvihwa Community

COMPLAINANTS

And

MUROWA DIAMONDS (Pvt) Ltd

RESPONDENT

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
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1. Introduction and background
a.

This report contains findings of the Zimbabwe Human Rights
Commission

(ZHRC/Commission),

pursuant

to

an

investigation

undertaken by the ZHRC into a complaint lodged by Albert Chiwenga on
behalf of the Mazvihwa community in Zvishavane. The complaint
involved allegations of violation of environmental rights and right to
health by Murowa Diamonds (Pvt) Ltd (hereinafter referred to as the
Respondent).The investigation was conducted from the 28th to the 30th
of June 2017.
b.

The complainants are about two hundred (200) households who live in
a rural community near Murowa Diamond Mine, many of the households
have lived in this community for several decades before mining
commenced in 2004.

c.

In determining its role in this matter, the ZHRC considered that the set
of facts gives rise to human rights violations of Chapter 4, Part 2 of the

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