Chipinge East MP Sibonile Nyamudeza has expressed concern over the levels of water pollution by mining firms operating in Chiadzwa saying repeated calls for government intervention had fallen on deaf ears.
Nyamudeza said affected villagers and environmental watchdogs were worried the issue might blow into a major health catastrophe if left unchecked.
He said he would raise the issue with Environment and Natural Resources Management minister Francis Nhema in Parliament. The affected communities are Bangwe, Maunganidze, Goko, Taona, Mutema, Chipangayi and Maronga where the Sabi River flows.
“We want mining companies to respect our people here. We don’t want more water pollution and they should be told to be environment friendly,” Nyamudeza said.
“I am going to raise the issue with the Minister of Environment because the community feels it’s high time the matter is dealt with at policy level. We spoke to the Environment Management Agency and Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association about the issue and we are still waiting to hear from them, but people’s lives are at risk from the polluted water.”
Nyamudeza said the water was dirty such that people could no longer use it, but have to look for alternative sources of safe water.