Govt makes progress in clearing exclusive prospecting orders

By John Nhandara

GOVERNMENT says it has made progress in the processing of exclusive prospecting orders and clearing the backlog on mining licence applications.

This was revealed after a debate was raised in this Thursday’s Senate Question and Answer Session.

In response, Mines and Mining Development Minister, Honourable Polite Kambamura updated the house on progress in the clearance and cancellation of EPOs.

“We have processed ninety per cent and cancelled some EPOs. In 2018, we came up with new conditions for those with approved EPOs which would accommodate small scale miners,” he said.

Also interrogated, was the exchange rate manipulation on the black market.

“This is a matter of fundamentals, being caused more by behavioural issues,” noted the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Hon Clemence Chiduwa.

Senate also quizzed the government over the quality and durability of roads under the emergency road rehabilitation programme.

“In terms of roads that are being fully reconstructed we have not witnessed any potholes but maybe in areas where pothole patching was done. We have told our contractors to superintend over the roads they would have rehabilitated for a year,” said the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Hon Felix Mhona.