Blessing Togarepi is not happy with Chitando Issuing Exclusive Prospecting Orders EPOs to exploration companies and has expressed his feeling to the point of labelling him a sellout, Mining Zimbabwe reports.
Togarepi who is a former Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) Mashonaland Central youth chairperson reportedly sent a series of audios in a WhatsApp group where he and Chitando are both members and said:
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We need our country to develop, I talked to the chiefs they are not happy. They said they support President Mnangagwa, he is the one who gave Chitando the position but they are not sure if Chitando is making such decisions to sabotage Mnangagwa. Chitando must know his decisions anochekeresa musangano. The Minister must make proper decisions because I as Togarepi am going around everywhere to Chiefs, Army, MPs conscientising them and they are surprised by the state of things and are not happy.
We know there are other minerals in the ground other than gold those are the ones that are supposed to be under EPOs than to shut down areas where there is gold.
I’m moving around talking to everyone, the MPs and Chiefs about the dangers of EPOs and they are shocked by the state of our country as a result of the so-called EPOs and are very happy I have enlightened them
Winston Chitando is the Minister of Mines and a Gutu Member Of Parliament.
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