Minister of State in Midlands province Larry Mavhima told the Zimbabwe Morning Post that the invasion of Gaika mine in Kwekwe is illegal. He further indicated that the Midlands Joint Operation Committee (JOC) will continue manning the mine.
Mavhima fumed at some politicians who are using artisanal miners to advance their own agendas.
Invading other individuals’ properties is against the rule of law and furthermore a mockery of the new dispensation’s mantra which clearly states that Zimbabwe is Open for Business, we are talking about devolution and we want people to come here (Midlands)and invest and this game of invading is out of order.
We want normalcy to prevail at Gaika mine and anywhere else in our province and individuals championing lawlessness must refrain for such retrogressive behaviour.
The Minister also revealed that these prominent politicians were using their close associations with President Mnangagwa as a weapon to trick members of the public. Mavhima distanced the president from all happenings at the mine.
The eviction of artisanal miners who were invading the mine on behalf of political elites is in resonance with a Bulawayo High Court order that was witnessed by Chief Justice Luke Malaba.
The Court ordered ZANU PF stalwart Vongai Mupereri to order his youths to leave the mine but he has been defying the order. Mupereri has in vain tried to effect the withdrawal of the joint security forces manning Gaika.
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