President Emmerson Mnangagwa has claimed that artisanal miners, locally known as Makorokoza, have a significant contribution to the development of the economy of the country.
Speaking at the inaugural Zimbabwe Miners Federation AGM for small scale miners in Gweru on Wednesday, the president said:
Small scale miners are playing a significant role in economic development and they must not be hindered in their activities though it must be within the confines of the law.
Though I appreciate the contribution from other sectors, the contribution that is coming from mining is highly invaluable.
Speaking at the same gathering, Mnangagwa condemned machete wars which feature mainly the “notorious Mashurugwi” who are known for illegally invading mines and carry out illegal mining operations.
Some analysts are of the view that Mashurugwi are connected to political elites, the reason why they are not being arrested for their illegal activities.
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