We Cant Allow Thugs To Grab Mines: Chimanikire

Deputy Mines Minister, Gift Chimanikire denounced the proposed grabbing of foreign owned mines by Zanu (PF) cronies saying his ministry won’t allow that as it will destroy the country mining sector.

Speaking to Radio VOP in Bulawayo on Wednesday during the Mining, Engineering and Transport (MineEntra) exhibition, Chimanikire said the proposed violent grab of foreign owned mines by Zanu (PF) will destroy the country’s mining industry and the economy at large.

“We should be organised as a government and we can’t just allow some thugs to use violence to grab some people’s mines. The people who own these mines are protected by the Mines and Minerals Act, there are proper channels to be followed for someone to own a mine in Zimbabwe and it’s clear,” said Chimanikire.

Chimanikire said he is shocked some people in Zanu PF are talking about grabbing mines while they don’t even own any machinery to use in the mines.

“Mining Machinery is very expensive and needs someone to have a lot of funds and as  government at the moment we don’t have those funds to give to people who would have grabbed mines to run them. So there is no purpose of grabbing these mines,” said the  deputy Mines Minister.

Saviour Kasukuwere the  Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Minister, who is also the Zanu (PF) deputy youth affairs secretary, has given foreign owned mining firms until September 30  to give majority stake to locals, under a programme that Mugabe and Zanu (PF) says is necessary to ensure blacks benefit from the country’s lucrative mineral resources.

In May this year  Kasukuwere told  foreign mining companies to pack and go back to their countries of origin if they don’t want to comply with the country’s indigenisation programe. He singled out platinum mining entity, Zimplats as one of the foreign mining  refusing to comply.

Zimplats is the largest platinum group metals producer in Zimbabwe. It owns and operates the Selous Metallurgical Complex {SMC}, Ngezi Concentrator and underground Mines.