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THE Chairperson of Hwange Residents Association, Never Tshuma who was arrested on Thursday on charges of inciting public violence has been released on $10,000.

Tshuma was among scores of Dinde community members who confronted Beifa Investments at Katambe village disapproving commencement of coal exploration. 

Beifa Investments, a company belonging to some Chinese nationals has been in a stand-off with the Dinde community for the past 2 years over its intention to explore for coal in the area.

The community has since petitioned the Parliament of Zimbabwe to investigate the legitimacy of the Environmental Impact Assessment report submitted to the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) by Geovannah Consultancy on behalf of Beifa Investments.

The community argues that if mining will pollute the Nyantuwe River which is the only source of drinking water for humans and livestock. They also argue that the project threatens the cattle selling pen, a deep tank and the community cemetery.

Community members welcomed the release of Tshuma and vowed to defend their land rights and also resist the coal project which they believe is contradicting the government vision of a green economy by 2030.

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