By ZBC Reporter
ZANU PF National Political Commissar, Victor Matemadanda was in Kadoma this Tuesday in an effort to engage stakeholders on problems faced by vendors and artisanal miners in the area.
More than 600 vendors who were displaced by the Kadoma Town Council in 2018 have raised concern over the local authority’s failure to provide a proper vending site for them to sell their wares.
This came out during their engagement with Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Victor Matemadanda, who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence and Water Veterans Affairs this Tuesday.
Artisanal miners who were part of the meeting appealed for the government to address the issue of mining tributes which they feel should be moved from 3 years to 10 years.
“1 to 3years is not helping since by the end of that period no meaningful production would have been made,” said one artisanal miner.
“We also need proper monitoring mechanisms of our operations just like the agriculture sector,” said another.
In response, Matemadanda stressed the need to support small scale enterprises adding that government is working towards bringing sanity in the small scale mining sector.
“We came here after we were invited by vendors and artisanal miners associations who have raised concern over their operations. I don’t think it’s proper for local authorities to refuse to allocate land to people who want to work, the government of the second republic led by president Mnangagwa wants production. We have also proposed through the ministry of mines that all artisanal miners must be registered and mining operations formalised,” he said
Former David Whitehead employees are also crying foul over outstanding salaries, retirement packages and eviction orders served by the current investor.
By ZBC Reporter