The Bocha Diamond Community Trust (BDCT) has expressed concern over the exposure of the Marange Community to the Covid-19 pandemic owing to alleged weak responses by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC).

In a statement, the Trust alleges ZCDC is threatening to unleash the deadly pandemic into the Marange community through its poor handling of Covid-19 cases and lack of contact tracing

“ZCDC is promoting unrestricted movement of massive numbers of people from other provinces to the Marange community. This is due the fact that more than 80% of ZCDC workers at the diamond mine come from outside Manicaland. These workers are highly mobile as they frequent their homes during weekends, majority of the musing public transport. These mobile workers mix with our community thereby unfairly exposing our community to the coronavirus,” read the statement

The Trust called on the Diamond mining company to alert the community on any outbreak than to have the community find out for themselves.

“ZCDC needs to be proactive in alerting the community on any outbreaks of Covid-19 among the mine workers. If this information comes to the awareness of the community through other means which are unofficial then the community verifies the claims to be true, it will appear as if ZCDC is hiding away from community awareness the existence of an outbreak of Covid19 among its mine workers.

“Such verification of unofficial reports happened on the 11th of August 2020 when a joint operation Task force of community monitors from Bocha Diamond Community Trust (Moses Mukwada and Takura Betera); and Marange Development Trust (Malvern Mudiwa) visited the ZCDC premises at Zengeni. Four workers who tested positive to Covid-19 were said to be quarantined at facilities at Zengeni Business Centre that are highly unsuitable for human habitation.”