The Campaign for Just Mining (CJM), a task force of coalition of civil society organisations, has expressed dismay over the handing over of 70 houses without windows and doors to affected property owners.
In a press release issued in Kono, CIM alleges that, “even though Koidu Holdings Limited has made some desperate efforts to put up some 60 to 70 dwelling houses over a three-year period…. Some of [the houses] have no windows and doors”.
CIM states that, “the entire community has no provision for safe drinking water;” noting that “water is life and it is [a fact] that people cannot live without it”.
Our correspondent in his dispatch states that CIM further alleges that Koidu Holdings has done a number of hand pump wells for the community people which they say “would not cost the company much.”
The task force laments further: “we see this as a gross abuse of the rights of the affected community not to have access to safe drinking water.”
Another allegation levied against the mining company is that regarding the legitimate association formed by the affected people. It also alleges that Koidu Holding is dividing the affected community people in the name of an agriculture project.
CIM goes on to assert that, “a good number of the 68 family heads to be relocated are complaining that the compensation for tree crops on their piece of land is grossly inadequate”, while others are even complaining that they do not receive any compensation at all for their crops.