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Chidhakwa vows to end violence at mines, says to lead a countrywide ministers tour 

17/03/2017 00:00:00
by Business reporter

MINES Minister Walter Chidhakwa has vowed to crack down on violence in mining communities, saying government will not tolerate bloodshed anymore.

Artisanal miners have been engaging in running battles with some of the illegal miners losing their lives in the fight for the gold rich mining claims.

In some instances, government has deployed members of the Zimbabwe National Army to restore sanity in some of the mining communities.

Speaking at the handover of food and non-food items to Mberengwa flood victims by Mimosa Mine recently, Minister Chidhakwa warned the marauding illegal miners that government will come hard on them.

“This issue has seen been raised in the Cabinet and a committee has since been set up to ensure that such incidents do not happen again,” said Chidhakwa.

He added that government officials will soon visit areas where there are high incidents of violence, most notably in Matabeleland South, Midlands, Masvingo and some parts of Mashonaland.

“There is too much violence in the mining sector. I want to warn the perpetrators to stop those practices forthwith,” warned Chidhakwa.

Chidhakwa added that he will lead a government delegation comprising of defence and state security ministers on a tour of provinces to meet with provincial Joint Operations Command teams, to “stamp out the menace”.

“We cannot lose the peace that we have enjoyed since independence to people who want to enjoy gold beyond reasonable measure of enjoyment,” he charged.

The gold sector has become one of the country`s biggest foreign currency earners, with small scale miners contribution significantly to the country’s gold reserves.

Last year small-scale miners contributed 9, 7 tonnes of gold that was delivered to Fidelity Printers and Refineries.



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