By Tafara Chikumira
THE Lower Gweru based mine, where a shooting incident was reported two weeks ago, could be operating illegally after management failed to produce requisite paperwork.
Reden Mine has been in the news for the wrong reasons after one of the managers at the mine, Zhang Xuen allegedly shot and injured two employees over a salary dispute resulting in his arrest on charges of attempted murder.
A top government delegation led by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Honourable Winston Chitando visited the mine on a fact-finding mission where the management at the institution failed to avail the requisite operating documentation which raises questions on how they are conducting business in the country.
The team failed to avail the necessary paperwork citing language barriers despite the availability of a competent interpreter employed at the mine.
“We want all our operations to be conducted within the context of the law. If there are any disputes of labour or otherwise they should be resolved within the context of the law. So yes we came we found out that the place is no longer operating. But certainly, this is a very sad situation in the history of mining in the country. We are conducting investigations on the way they are operating and their contributions to fidelity,” said the minister.
Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Senator Larry Mavhima said the shooting incident is unacceptable as his team is already ceased with issues of violence within the mining industry.
“What has been experienced here is similar to the machete-wielding gangs that have been terrorising the province. We cannot accept violence to prevail in the mining sector. We have full confidence in our judiciary system and we do believe that justice will take its course. It is quite unfortunate that we had to experience such at a time we are dealing with the COVID-19.”
Reden Mine has since ceased operations after the Chinese national allegedly shot and injured Wendy Chikwaira and Kennedy Tachiona.