Sides of the highway leading to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rural home have become a serious safety risk after hordes of illegal chrome miners invaded the area and are digging within seven metres of the road.
The danger is so serious that Environmental Management Agency (EMA) officials had to descend on the miners last week and 64 of them were issued with $2 000 tickets each(total $128 000) and ordered to fill up the pits they dug by Tuesday next week.
The part of the road that is seriously affected is between Shurugwi and Zvishavane and this is the last stretch of the road to President Mnangagwa’s homestead.
Shurugwi District environmental officer Severino Kangara said in an interview with The Mirror that the illegal miners are putting the life of the President and the motoring public in great danger because of their digging and the activities have to be stopped with immediate effect.
Zanu PF district chairwoman for Shurugwi identified as Mai Manyuki said that the $2 000 ticket issued to the miners will be ignored and mining activities along Shurugwi – Zvishavane Highway will continue as usual.
She said everyone else in Zimbabwe was doing illegal mining and her group was no exception, adding that her group will only stop when everyone else is issued with a ticket.
“I am not going to accept your ticket or stop any operations, I will only do so if you arrest illegal miners, countrywide because just like me they are all operating without licences. Our party told us that our livelihoods are more important than any piece of paper, therefore I will not stop,” said Mai Manyuki. masvingo mirror