By ZBC Reporter
THE people of Uzumba in Mashonaland East Province have welcomed the government’s cancellation of mining certificates that had been granted unprocedural to a mining company in the area.
Following the cancellation of mining certificates for Heijing Mining Company in Kaseke area of Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe (UMP) which had been granted in an area encompassing villages, the local community has welcomed the decision saying it shows the Second Republic prioritises the welfare of its people.
“We are happy that the government has made this decision which is a welcome development,” said Blessing Kaseke, a villager.
“Although we are open for business we want things done properly,” said Fagio Marowa, Ward 14 Councillor.
“We want the government to cancel the license of a mining company which established a milling plant close to the community,” said Tichaona Karumazondo, Maramba Pfungwe MP.
“This thing was done in violation of the mines and minerals act so it has to be cancelled,” said Simba Mdarikwa, Uzumba MP.
The provincial leadership which has made several visits to the area to try and resolve the conflict praised the government for intervening.
“We are happy government finally intervened after a struggle. We heard some opposition elements wanted to use the issue to penetrate the area but the government has responded well,” said Aplonia Munzverengwi Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
The conflict between the mining company and the villagers has been raging on for some time after the mine pegs incorporated some villages, leaving the people at the risk of being evicted.