Govt cracks whip on Chinese

CHINESE nationals conducting illegal gold mining activities along Mazowe and other rivers across the country have been ordered to stop with immediate effect to preserve the natural state of rivers for future generations.

EVERSON MUSHAVA

Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa told Parliament that foreigners should not be treated in any way better than the locals who have been flushed out of these areas.

“They (Chinese) have been told to leave. We have removed our locals whom we called illegal panners and no one should be treated as superior to our own people,” Chidhakwa said.

He was answering to a question by Chief Chitsunga in the Senate last week on whether the unlicenced Chinese nationals were being treated as special investors who were mining along Mazowe River banks and other rivers across the country without the need for an environmental assessment impact.

Concerns have been raised that the illegal gold mining activities were destroying the country’s water bodies, while the chemicals used, particularly in the mining of gold, posed grave danger to livestock.
“All the people mining along Mazowe River have been evicted. It loosens the soil and results in siltation of rivers,” Chidhakwa said.

“Generations must enjoy the rivers. It is our responsibility to protect them. We learnt with utter dismay last week about the abuse in Mazowe River and other rivers across the country. The position of Cabinet is clear on what needs to be done. They (the Chinese) have been told to leave operations along the river.”

Chidhakwa urged people to report to the ministry once they spotted anyone mining less than 30 metres from a river as prohibited by the Environmental Management Agency.

Environment, Water and Climate deputy minister Simon Musanhu said it was surprising that the people mining along the river were heavily mechanised, with some having licences from the Ministry of Mines.
He said the ministry would work tirelessly to ensure that miners respect environmental regulations as mining along rivers polluted the water and posed risk to livestock, adding that mining companies should compensate for all cattle that die due to poisoning from their mining activities.

Recently, there was an outcry by villagers in Marange who claimed their cattle were dying due to poisoning by chemicals used in the mining of diamonds.

“We are making an effort to inspect all rivers,” Musanhu said.

21 Comments

  1. Rule of law is lacking kumines uku caused by mpofu.Batai vanhu.It seems ma zhingas are immune.Twine ma work permits here?Va Chihuri plz launch opration clean zhingaz.

    1. While l do not subscribe to illegal mining, exploitation and environmental degradation, these unlicensed operatives are no worse than the MDC party.

      1. i dont support mdc but i think you are full of crap. what has that got nything to do with the mdc

  2. The Chineese are the kind of investors who exploit resourses,make their money and go back to China. They do not even care about the environment,the dont develop the area they are working in and they exploit workers as well. Vanhu varikuchema nema zhingaz. I dont know how long it will take “Government” to realise that these people are bringing more harm than gain. NO BARRIERS TO ABLE INVESTORS

  3. Its too late people why does it take many years to respond to urgent matters like these

  4. Its too late people why does it take many years to respond to urgent matters like these ? We should evaluate the scale of damages these Chinese have caused and make them pay as compansation? Just stopping their operations won’t help

  5. Who allowed them in the first place, ZANU-PF.

  6. smugglers money launderers refugees of china economy and enviroment how much money have they taken back to asia since panning is not investing

  7. Ko maRussians who are mining along Mutare River in Penhalonga. These unscrupulous people are not mining on the river banks; but right inside the river damaging it completely. The “river” is no longer a river and here is the Minister talking about mining 30 metres away

  8. Well done Cde Chidhakwa. People must understand that no one is above the law. Not even foreign investors should jump the gun. Tisungirei avo vari paSelous. Vari kungoboora makomba pese pese in the guise yekuti they are exploring for platnum. What it is then doing is it’s reducing the pressure ye water table. Our farmers are now struggling with access to water because of this abuse before they destroy farming in this area.

  9. this scourge was exacerbated Obert Mpofu who openly encouraged illegal gold panning and threatened to legalise it . he spoke glowingly of the panners and called them national heroes .

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  11. Vakapiwa Ma Licences na Obert Mpofu. We saw him on national TV calling the makokoza’s heroes who are contributing greatly to national gold output. Suwa wo here vakomana. Kana iko kuda kuvhoterwa kwacho. The ever obidient son of our President.

  12. Those were the beautiful works of Mpofu. He wasn’t in the ministry of mines to do what he was mandated to do but rather to destroy the country. Mpofu must be ashamed of himself. He doesn’t deserve to be a minister in that beautiful country.

  13. Can anyone tell Zimbabweans just who,excactly, is doing riverbed mining illegally in Zimbabwe? Is it not a fact that they are doing this without the knowledge and blessing of both EMA and the government? Musanyepere vana veZimbabwe. Tinoziva zvirikuitika,vari kuzviita vacho nevacho vari kuvapa mvumo.

  14. Can anyone tell Zimbabweans just who,exactly,is doing riverbed mining illegally in Zimbabwe? Is it a fact that they are doiong this without the knowledge and blessing of both EMA and the government? Musanyepere vana veZimbabwe. Tinoziva zvirikuitika,vari kuzviita vacho,nevacho vari kuvapa mvumo.

  15. Vanhu munodireiko kunyepera nyika when you get a seat in parly? We were given loans to mine along the riverbeds. The loans were 4 buying machinery from the chinese. This was in the name of indegenisation and empowerment. We were empowered by kasukuwere and mpofu and we all know that you mr minister are talking shit. Both bull and human shit. Hapana anotibvisa.

  16. We were given loans to mine along the riverbeds. The loans were 4 buying machinery from the chinese. This was in the name of indegenisation and empowerment. We were empowered by kasukuwere and mpofu and we all know that you mr minister are talking shit. Both bull and human shit. Hapana anotibvisa.

  17. In Sanyati, there are Chinese who are almost killing Munyati River around Chiridzangoma area. Just praying kuti very soon we wont be victims of mercury poison as these people are not friendly to the environment. MP Geza is advised to visit the area before disaster strikes his constituency.

  18. ema is not doing its work. what are the ema officers doing when this is happening just under their nose. should we call ema a toothless bulldrog as they seem to concentrate their efforts just only on the local powerless panners. we have seen a number of instances where ema has failed where these chinese investors are involved.

  19. Its been 2 weeks to date since this serious issue was raised in parliament but i can bet anyone these Chinese are still mining along Mazoe River today. Yes today, right now !! The problem is a corrupt government, surely how can any country be run by corrupt corrupt people, the likes of Chombo and Kasukuwere. This leadership is a blight to this nation.

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