President Emmerson Mnangagwa has rejected signing the Mines and Minerals Bill of 2015 into law before Parliament addresses grey areas in the 2015 Bill.
The legislation was gazetted in May and is being enacted to amend, rather than replace, the Mines and Minerals Act [Chapter 21:05] of 1961, the principal law governing the sector. The proposed law has faced criticism from various organisations including the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Prospectors’ Association (ZPA) over controversial provisions in the Bill.
Earlier this year, ZPA, through the body’s president Samson Dzingwe, wrote to Mnangagwa petitioning him not to sign the Bill into law, contending that their views had been ignored. Although the ministry later compromised and agreed to recognise prospectors as staking agents, Mnangagwa has decided to have the Bill further revised to co-opt stakeholder input and address all their valid concerns.
We are happy that the Ministry of Mines accepted our concerns and they are working on those issues. May I also thank His Excellency President Mnangagwa for being a listening President
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