CHEGUTU West MP Dexter Nduna (Zanu PF) has filed opposing papers, seeking to block Pickstone Peerless Gold Mine’s efforts to bar him from entering its premises.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
This was after the mine’s proprietors, Breckrigdge Investments (Pvt) Ltd, filed for a peace order against Nduna, accusing him of interfering with operations by inciting panners to illegally carry out mining activities at the mine.
Filed under case number BO04/16, Nduna is alleged to have held a rally with illegal gold miners on May 14 last year and incited them to invade the mine. In his opposition to the peace order, Nduna said as the local legislator he had the right to meet with his constituents anywhere and at any time.
“It is common cause that the respondent is sitting MP of the area and can call and address politically sanctioned political gatherings in the area anywhere in the constituency,” Nduna said. “The meetings that have been alluded to are sanctioned political rallies and it’s incredible that congregants to a rally are now being branded illegal miners.”
Nduna claimed he only encouraged his constituencies to enter into tribute agreements with Breckridge Investments so they could legally mine in the area.