President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that the government would stop a Chinese company from carrying out quarrying activities in Domboshava in Mashonaland East. The president said that the company would be stopped after reports which came to him suggest that the company’s activities were threatening the existence of sacred caves in the area.
Addressing Domboshava residents at Showgrounds yesterday during this month’s clean-up campaign, President Mnangagwa said:
I have heard that there is a Chinese company that is mining at Pagarimo Hill and is now encroaching into areas where there are sacred caves.
I have heard your concerns and we will stop the destruction that is going on because these areas are sacred to us.
The company, Aihua Jianye sought to mine quarry near Mverechena Shopping Centre and this would have seen about 20 000 villagers living within a five-kilometre radius being evicted to give way to the company.
Concerns were also raised regarding how the company got permission to mine without an Environment Impact Assessment certificate.
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