“The world has 30 percent women gold miners,” he said. “But in Zimbabwe there is only 20 percent and yet you 52 percent of our population is made up of women.”
Chimanikire was speaking at an ocassion where some women were being handed out mining practising certificates.
These included a former Zanu (PF) Member of Parliament Nyasha Chikwinya.
However, some women who had gathered to attend the event said she had been favoured.
They claimed that she did not deserve to be among the women miners because she had benefited from other Zanu (PF) Women Affairs and government projects during the past
“She has been to China and Malaysia on trips for women,” said one disgruntled women small scale miner. “She seems to get all these projects just because she is Zanu (PF) and I think that she is just being favoured here again.”
Chikwinya, however, did not attend the certificate giving ceremony in Harare.
The women also complained about a Zanu (PF) minister Dr Olivia Muchena, who has a lucrative gold mine on her farm in Guruve.
“She is not only a minister in government but also a good gold miner,” the Permanent Secretary in her ministry, Dr Utete-Masango, told women workshop participants gathered in Harare.
They said Mchena had benefited from President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land distribution programme in 2000.
“She is among the top gold producers in Zimbabwe who give the product to Fidelity Printers and Refiners (Private) Limited,” Utete-Masango told the more than 100 women who had gathered to listen to Muchena’s speech marking the official opening of the one day workshop.
Women had traveled from as far as Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, the Midlands and Masvingo to attend the event.
“I can confirm that I do have a mine on my farm,” said Muchena. “I, however, produce gold just like any other miner in Zimbabwe.”