Zhombe villagers clash with miner over boundary. Villagers in Zhombe are embroiled in a dispute with miners who have reportedly encroached into their homesteads.
Recently, there has been a hive of activity around King George Township which is 28 kilometres East of Bobies Shops, off the Kwekwe- Gokwe highway, after the discovery of the yellow metal.
A villager who spoke to ZBC News bemoaned the environmental degradation caused by the miners, saying the villagers have every right to remain on ancestral land. Said the villager:
Look here, this is our homestead. It stretches up to that side. But as you can see these people are causing all sorts of environmental degradation. This is the land of our ancestors and we have every right to remain on this land. We have tried to engage traditional leaders to no avail. Another villager added:
We are just praying that the miner sees the light and remain in his lane since is clear that all our efforts are failing to yield results since he has money. I believe we now need to sit down and map a way forward as we resolve this impasse.
However, King George Mine manager, Kudakwashe Mawhiti, accused the villagers of encroaching into the mine. He said: These people are very dishonest. As you can see, the mine is outside their yard. They then constructed that toilet to give the impression that their homestead extends to this end.
What is of interest is that they even tried to get an exploration certificate which was cancelled by the Ministry of Mines after it was discovered that the exploration site encroached into our mine.
We have no problems with working with the community but this has to be done with respect.
Source – Pindula News