President Mnangagwa has ordered a Chinese company to stop its planned quarry mining activities in Domboshava which would have resulted in the eviction of 20 000 villagers.
The order comes after the Chinese company had already ordered villagers to vacate the area to create space for the project.
Energy Mutodi, Information deputy minister and local MP, confirmed the development yesterday. He said that president Mnangagwa indicated that the area was not open for mining since it is a tourism resort. Mutodi said:
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has come to the rescue of Domboshava villagers, who were facing eviction by a Chinese quarry mining firm, Aihua Jianye. The President has ordered that the firm stops mining activities in the area known for its rock art and as a tourist attraction.
Mutodi recently accused an MDC councillor Tapiwa Murima and district administrator, Priscah Dube of illegally allowing the Chinese firm to mine at Garimo Hill. The MDC has however since refuted the allegations.
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