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Mining company ICVL is to start the indemnification and resettlement process of the population of the Capanga community in the Benga region, in the central province of Tete immediately.
Consensus was reached between the parties two weeks after a report from O País highlighted irregularities in the compensation process, which had been stalled for six years.
The signing of the agreement between the ICVL and the Human Rights League on behalf of the Benga community marks the end of a lawsuit filed by both parties in regard to compensation for families in the area covered by the coal mining industry.
Arvind Kumar said on behalf of ICVL that, according to the signed agreement, the process of construction of the houses for resettlement should last for two years.
“In addition to the 272 houses, the resettlement village will have a health centre, market, primary school, football field and churches. In addition to resettlement, ICVL has implemented social responsibility actions, helping the government in the areas of health, education and agriculture. Finally, note also that we have built a grain warehouse,” Kumar said.
Human Rights League delegate in Tete Júlio Calengo said the memorandum, which has all the details of how resettlement and compensation will proceed, will give confidence to both investors and communities, who are satisfied by the terms of the agreement.
Irino Damasco, president of the Moatize district resettlement forum, said that compensation calculations of around 120 meticais per hectare were satisfactory to the population.
“We have experienced what happened in the resettlement processes of Muhalazi, Cateme and 25 de Setembro, so as a community we will be inspecting the works that will be erected in Mboza so that we do not fall into the same trap,” Damasco said.
At present, bank account details are being collected, a process expected to be completed by next week.Source: O País