Parliament to quiz Shabanie Mine curator


Staff Writer

The Parliament Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy will next Monday quiz the curator and administrator of Shabanie-Mashaba Mines and the managing directors of the two bleeding mines, Shabanie Mine and Gaths Mine.

Shabanie-Mashaba Mines, which was grabbed by government after its owner Mutumwa Mawere fled the country and got exile in South Africa, was put under curatorship nearly six years ago.

The mines committee led by Zanu PF legislator Edward Chindori-Chininga wants the State-appointed administrator Afaras Gwaradzimba, to explain how he has been administering the mine.

The mine has become unproductive. However, allegations were doing the rounds that the curator was still getting hefty payments for his services.

The curator reports to the minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa.

When the mines committee visited Shabani mine last month, the Managing Director of Shabanie Mine Stephen Nyagura declined to reveal how much Gwaradzimba was getting from Mawere’s mines.

Shabanie-Mashaba started to crumble in 2004 after the government accused Mawere of externalizing asbestos export proceeds worth several million dollars. As a result the government took over Mawere’s thriving empire.

The mines committee, which says it is “on a fact finding mission as opposed to a fault finding mission” intends to table a report in parliament after completing its inquest on the ailing mine.

Mawere who has been living in exile in South Africa was recently despecified – meaning that he could now return home without fear of prosecution.