Coal mining companies in Hwange have ignored a directive issued by ZANU PF last month to rehabilitate road and water infrastructure and attend to land degradation caused by their operations in the district.
The development has prompted the ZANU PF Hwange District Coordinating Committee (DCC) to seek the intervention of six Cabinet ministers at a crunch meeting set for this Thursday.
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Mines and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando, Local Government, July Moyo, Transport and Infrastructure Development, Felix Mhona, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu and Public Service, Paul Mavima as well as Provincial Affairs minister, Richard Moyo are expected to attend the high profile meeting.
The mining companies in Hwange include Makomo Resources, Zambezi Gas, Garlpex, Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL), Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and Chilota Colliery.
The firms had been summoned for a meeting and ordered to rehabilitate the Sinamatela, Deka and Old Bulawayo roads, which are now in a sorry state caused by their operations.
The Sinamatela road is used by Zambezi Gas and Makomo while the old Bulawayo road that connects to Ngumija and Ingagula townships was damaged by trucks ferrying thermal coal to the power station.
Garlpex and Chilota stand accused of damaging the Deka road which is a key link to the tourism area of Msuna along the Zambezi River.
The two companies together with Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) also stand accused of polluting the Deka river.
The river which is a tributary of the Zambezi River is a source of water for villagers and livestock in Chachachunda, Mashala and surrounding areas.
Cllr Muleya said the companies had undermined the people by ignoring calls to attend to the damage prompting his executive to invite their seniors. He said:
Following the meeting which was held at the District Development Coordinator’s office last month, all operators were encouraged to participate and assist Hwange Colliery Company in the rehabilitation of infrastructure in the district but some decided to ignore our call as the people of Hwange.
It is against this background that the DCC flanked by senior members of the party in the district have decided to move a step further in support of our people…