Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Energy Mutodi, has hit out at Chinese companies, saying that they leave a bad reputation wherever they go.
In an interview with Newsday following his alleged disruption of a consultative meeting between Chief Chinhamora, a Chinese company and villagers in Domboshava, Mutodi said:
The project has been condemned because the people involved in the whole issue, the district administrator, councillor and a company called GA Global did not do prior consultations with the people, now the firm has been going around trying to convince people to give in but that has failed.
Their plan has failed (because) the Chinese have a bad reputation in other areas, where they have a record of not leaving anything meaningful for the locals.
They do not develop, but rather leave a trail of destruction. The area they are targeting is a heritage conservation area and it is where the Bushmen did rock paintings so it must be protected for the future generations.
There is need for further archaeological researches and many people stand to gain from that, so it is impossible for them to do their business here.
The Chinese company torched controversy after it allegedly sought to evict over 20 000 people from Domboshava to open the way for quarrying.
Mutodi represents Goromonzi West in the National Assembly, and Domboshava is within the constituency.