Kasukuwere evicts miners

HARARE - Fifteen gold miners in Mashonaland Central province are protesting Environment, Water and Climate minister, Savior Kasukuwere’s decision to evict them from their operations.

The gold miners, who say they were given permission by the ministry of Mines and have environmental impact assessment certificates from the Environmental Management Agency, were told to stop mining on the banks of the Mazowe River by the minister.

This was after Kasukuwere toured the river and accused them of using chemicals that pollute the river. 
“That is unacceptable,” Kasukuwere said.

“This nation cannot be destroyed under our watch. It would be wrong to handover this country to the next generation when it no longer has rivers and their tributaries.

It does not matter where one comes from,” he said during the briefing.

But Edzayi Kufandarerwa, Zimbabwe Miners Federation president, claimed Kasukuwere’s order was likely to slash gold production in the country  saying a significant portion of the country’s gold sector comes from small-scale miners.

“Currently, most mining firms have stopped operating and some of them have invested heavily into the projects,” Kufandarerwa said.

He said his organisation has approached the ministry of Mines for assistance in stopping the evictions.
Fred Moyo, deputy minister of Mines, told the Daily News that he has been approached by the federation and was hopeful that an amicable solution would be found.

“I told them to comply with the environmental requirements, but if the situation does not change, I will have to check with our technical team for a way forward,” Moyo said.

Comments (8)

I'm not of fan of Tyson nor his ZANU PF but on this issue I support him fully. The mining sector is virtually lawless with no regard whatsoever, of the environment, from these small scale miners. They do not rehabilitate the land after they have purged it, and leave hazards for humans and animals alike. We need order in this sector because we have a legacy to pass on to the next generation.

mukwerekwere - 17 October 2013

If they have flouted the law, why should the Zimbabwe Miners Federation defend the indefensible? If the Ministry of Mines have been turning a blind eye on the activities of these villains, then we are doomed as a nation unless the powers that be intervene to save our country from this nonsense. Go all the way and fight it out Tyson. Anyone will support a noble cause for the sake of the country.

Togara - 17 October 2013

Way to go Saviours! Mazowe dam needs protection too. Well done.

Musoni Zungunde - 17 October 2013

Way to go Saviours! Mazowe dam needs protection too. Well done.

Musoni Zungunde - 17 October 2013

As an environmentalist and researcher, I support the minister's action. It's not just the small-scale "makorokoza", but a lot of Chinese companies as well. The minister must also clean-up EMA - so much corruption up there and no compliance monitoring on the ground!

Maxwell - 17 October 2013

yah i do agree with the minister..we need to protect our natural environment....so if the mining activities are affecting the river yes, they must stop

walt - 18 October 2013

We indeed have been waiting for a saviour and at last he is with us. Great work we are together with you in this noble cause of giving a life to our beautiful environment. Please do not leave stones unturned at Makombe Complex (EMA) corruption is rife there. Thumps up Honorable

Tino Munjanga - 18 October 2013

it is funny today`s editionof the newsday paper claims that these same 15 farmers were evicted by the first lady Mrs Mugabe.

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