Government And Zanu PF Officials In Fresh Gold Mining Rush

via RadioVop Zimbabwe – Government And Zanu PF Officials In Fresh Gold Mining Rush January 15, 2014 By Criswell Chisango

Government officials including service chiefs, Zanu PF members are implicated in a looting spree following a gold rush in Hurungwe.

The area at the centre of controversy is under Chief Kazangarare where gold was discovered late last year within remote Mukanga Game Park in Chewore basin within the Zambezi valley that connects Hurungwe and Guruve. The area is situated about 70 kilometers north-west of Karoi where police and the army barricaded it as a ‘’security zone’’.

Several villagers under Chief Kazangarare are witnessing a high influx of top of the range vehicles including those of buyers, senior government officials including senior police and army battling to make ‘’honey while the sun shines”

Due to the poor road network, the panners are using Marongora road that stretches to 300 kilometers before reconnecting to Chewore north that covers Mukanga bordering Chief Kazangarare communal area.

A junior army officer who declined to be named said some senior army; police officers are paying “clearance fees” of $1 000 to Zanu PF officials.

“There are a lot of people coming from Kadoma, Shurugwi, Chiredzi, Mutare and Harare among other areas while some cars have foreign number plates’’ said Dickson Mabheka of Nhiti area.

However, Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa denied allegations that his party is demanding “clearance fees” from those in the exploration errand in Mukanga.

He blamed officials from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate for “propping up the rot” and high level of corruption in mining sector.

“It is a scandal that the party must stop. Mines ministry officials issued six permits to prospecting companies for alluvial gold being sold straight to Fidelity Printers without much labour. Senior officials are involved in this open scam including Chief Saunyama of Nyanga looting gold at the expense of aiding the government economy. There is high level of corruption that must be exposed and stopped at all costs,” said Mliswa.

This has formed yet another chapter of illegal mining by security officers and traditional leaders as happened in the diamonds fields of  Chiadzwa in Manicaland province.

Both ministers Savior Kasukuwere and Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

“We have seen top army officers including brigadiers, colonels as well as senior police officers deployed there but no one will monitor their operations during this rush hour where everyone is fighting to get. There is a lot of confusion and they are making a financial killing,” added the source who refused to be named for professional reasons.

Zimbabwe is blessed with minerals including diamonds although the majority of citizens languish in poverty.




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    Dear Ministers
    Just a word of advice from a fellow Zimbabwean. As you embark on your looting sprees remember ill gotten ill spent.And also remember there are no pockets in a shroud. Leave a little diamond reserve in Zimbabwe’s bowels for the future. You will not take it to hell with you. SEI MUSINGAGUTI?


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      James 8 years ago

      So who says Makandiwa lied? by the way this gold field was discovered last year and kept secret by lootocracy

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    Kaifasi 8 years ago

    Turn to for a lasting solution to this crisis & lunacy!!!!

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    I too am disgusted but I know that the Lord’s judgment will fall. Those that trample on the heads of the poor will surely receive a very special judgment. Look at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. “The day will come when your silver and gold will not save you.” Prophetic!

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    mutakura 8 years ago

    Whats wrong with these people honestly? Do they have any sense of shame?

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    70 kilometres north-west of Karoi in Chewore Basin?
    Chewore Safari area is north of Karoi.

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    Fallenz 8 years ago

    And just where are the voices of the apologists who want us to ignore the systemic corruption and say all is wonderful and the problems are caused by someone else. Until Zim is led by someone other than a thief who surrounds himself with thieves, each trying to steal more than the others, the nation will continue to sink into a stinking cesspool, with its honest citizens struggling simply to find enough to eat and survive. May God show mercy upon His faithful among them. So, this is independence, eh? This is what freedom looks like, huh? This is what democracy brings, right?

    This is what the struggle was really all about… theft.