Artisanal miners urged to regularise operations

ARTISANAL miners in Mudzi have been urged to regularise their operations to ensure uninterrupted mining activities.
A Zanu PF delegation led by Mashonaland Provincial Vice Chairperson, Cde Michael Madanha and included War Veterans’ provincial chairperson, Cde Daniel Sigauke and the provincial Women’s league chairperson, Cde Lyn Gororo visited Makaha in Mudzi this Wednesday on a fact finding mission following recent arrests of artisanal miners.
Some miners, who happen to be villagers, told the delegation their challenges.
“We are living in fear following the operation as we were raided in the evening while some of our belongings were taken away during the raids,” said one of the villagers.
“The problem we have is that when we go to licence our operations we are turned away in reference of so called investors yet we are the locals who should benefit from our resources,” said another villager.
In response, members of the delegation assured villagers that their challenges will be looked into but urged them to regularise their operations so that they mine legally.
“ As the local community you should benefit from resources in your area so what you should do is to have your papers regularised so that this cat and mouse game with the police will end,’ said Madanha.
“From today on this game of mining without licences should be a thing of the past so make sure your papers are done,” said Crime Consultative member, Cleopas Kundiona.
“As a member of the youth league we are the worst affected so let’s have syndicates where we will mine as groups so that we contribute to the country’s economy,” said Mashonaland East provincial chairman youth league, Kelvin Mutsvairo.
240 vendors and illegal miners were arrested in Makaha last month under an operation code named: ‘Zero Tolerance to Machete Wielding Gangs’ or ‘Chikorokoza Ngachipere.’