BY REX MPHISA
STAKEHOLDERS in the mining industry of Matabeleland South are expected to meet in Gwanda to discuss ways of combating the increase of robberies at mines.
In an invitation to miners this week Matbeleland South chairperson of the Small Scale Miners Phillemon Mokuele said police and the Zimbabwe Miners Federation had resolved to convene a meeting in the wake of a series of robberies at mines.
“Evening good people, (the) Criminal Investigations Department, Flora and Fauna Unit officer in charge, Support Unit and the Zimbabwe Miners Federation are inviting all miners around Gwanda district for a interactive meeting to discuss possible solutions to the armed robberies increasing in our district and province,” he said in a statement to miners.
“The meeting will be held at Zimbabwe Republic Police New Camp Senior Officers Mess on Thursday 09/12/2021, at 10:30am,” Mokuele said appealing to miners to be punctual.
Several incidences of robberies have been reported in the gold rich area where hundreds of small scale and artisanal miners thrive.
In some incidences rogue police offocers have been arrested while trying to steal gold, cash or ore from the miners on the south western tip of Zimbabwe’s Great Dyke.
Some politicians have also been fingered in the theft of ore while disputes on mining claims are the order of the day pitting those in high offices and obscure gold miners.
Environment degradation in high in the province where mushrooming mines hardly satisfy basic environmental management dictates.
Mokuele said the Thursday meeting is important because the robbers had become more daring.
“Be part of this crucial meeting, you never know today its me who has been attacked maybe you are the next victim,” he said.