Categories: Zim Latest

Zimbabwe authorities ban illegal gold mining

POLICE have with immediate effect banned all illegal gold mining activities across the country following the callous murder of a police officer in Kadoma last week and a high increase in violent clashes among artisanal miners.

Two men have since been arrested in connection with the murder of Constable Wonder Hokoyo last Saturday at Good Hope Mine in Battlefields, Kadoma.

In a statement Wednesday, Commissioner General of Police Godwin Matanga said any deviation from the police’s directive would result in immediate arrest.

Matanga added the police had engaged the Mines Ministry to deal with rising cases mining disputes.

“All miners who are engaged in illegal mining activities should stop doing so and ensure that before they mine, they obtain the relevant licence or permit to do so in terms of the laws of the country,” Matanga said.

“Any deviation from this will result in such miners being arrested. The Zimbabwe Republic Police is also working with other stakeholders to ensure that incidences of gold rush in several parts of the country are swiftly dealt with.

“My office will ensure that police deployments in mining areas are influenced by the need to protect and preserve life and property. My office will therefore not stand by and allow unruly elements to attack police officers.

“We have also engaged the Ministry of Mines to ensure that all mining disputes, disused and decommissioned mines are monitored and measures put in place to curtail illegal mining activities,” Matanga said.

Illegal mining in Zimbabwe has been rampant for years with senior Zanu PF officials accused of backing the artisanal miners for personal gains. The Zanu PF government has also come under fire for ignoring illegal mining because that is where it garners votes during elections.


Recent Posts

1 person killed, another injured in fatal RTA

File image The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed a fatal road traffic accident which… Read More

23rd February 2024

RBZ Gold Coin and Gold-backed Digital Token Prices – 23 February 2024

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe -RBZ- has released the latest prices for the gold coins… Read More

23rd February 2024

The Rise of Peptide Use in Improving Endurance and Strength in Sports

In the world of sports performance enhancement, athletes are constantly seeking new methods to gain… Read More

23rd February 2024

Zim beauty queen in top 5 for Miss World Head to Head Challenge

Zimbabwean beauty queen, Nokutenda Marumba is in the top five at the Miss World Head… Read More

23rd February 2024

Chaplain Phiri Overwhelmed as Sir Wicknell Gifts Car and $10,000, Recalls Emotional Journey

Chaplain Phiri was overcome with emotion as she expressed her gratitude to Sir Wicknell for… Read More

23rd February 2024

Make the rain come or I will fire you- President Mnangagwa tells chiefs

President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has expressed concern on the looming drought, tells chiefs to play… Read More

23rd February 2024