Chindori Chininga was a guest at the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe’s (CMZ) Joint Suppliers and Purchasers Workshop held in Harare.
The former minister, who is also a miner, said he was very disappointed that virtually all the CEO’s in Zimbabwe’s mining industry were stooges and took their queues from their bosses abroad.
“The CEOs all take instructions from their bosses either in London, Australia, the United States of America (US) or South Africa,” he said.
“When I was the Minister of Mines in Zimbabwe, I was disappointed to hear them failing to give projects to fellow Zimbabweans, insisting that all projects would be given to their buddies abraod.”
Chindori-Chininga said it was very disappointing that the same bosses sat on various boards and allowed the heavyweights in their colonial homes to dictate the pace.
He said it would take the mining industry a very long time to get back on track as long as projects were given to people based abroad.
“I wish the mining industry bosses do not just sit and wait for government to tell them what to do as far as indigenisation is concerned,” Chindori Chininga said, amid applause from more than 400 people gathered at the five star Monomotapa Crowne Plaza Hotel.
“The CEOs should give some of their projects to fellow indigenous Zimbabweans and not wait for the government to make decisions for them all the time.”
Six CEOs made presentations at the one-day workshop which was organised by the CMZ for suppliers and purchasers in Zimbabwe.
The CEOs came from Mimosa Mine Company Limited, Freda Rebecca Mine, Zimasco, Zimplats, Rio Zimbabwe Limited (RioZim), and Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL).
From these only Hwange Colliery Company is controlled by the Zimbabwe government but it is seriously cash-strapped right now.
Some of the CEOs meanwhile revealed that their hands were “seriously tied” and they could not make decisions on their own some of the times and “not always” as alleged by the minister.