Reden Mine in Gweru where a mine manager shot 2 workers in a salaries row could be operating illegally after the mine owners failed to produce requisite paperwork and cited language barriers despite having an interpreter present during the probing, ZBC News reports.
The matter came to light after a delegation led by Mines Minister Winston Chitando visited the mine on a fact-finding mission and the management at the mine failed to produce requisite paperwork.
Speaking about the development Chitando said:
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We want all our operations to be conducted within the context of the law. If there are any disputes of labour or otherwise they should be resolved within the context of the law. So yes we came we found out that the place is no longer operating. But certainly, this is a very sad situation in the history of mining in the country. We are conducting investigations on the way they are operating and their contributions to fidelity
Also speaking on the same mission, Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Senator Larry Mavhima said the incident relieved memories of Mashurugwi who wreaked havoc in gold-rich areas in the country earlier this year:
What has been experienced here is similar to the machete-wielding gangs that have been terrorising the province. We cannot accept violence to prevail in the mining sector. We have full confidence in our judiciary system and we do believe that justice will take its course. It is quite unfortunate that we had to experience such at a time we are dealing with the COVID-19.
Reeden Mine has reportedly seized operations.