By Own Correspondent- Zanu PF’s Mashonaland East political commissar and Mutoko South legislator Hebert Shumbamhini has revealed that a mining company identified as Reds or Sidingo sealed boreholes it had drilled in when it was leaving the area.
Shumbamhini was reporting during a provincial coordinating committee meeting held in Marondera on Sunday.
The company is also reported to have refused to renovate the houses of villagers that developed cracks as a result of the miner’s blasting.
“We have a mining company that wound up its operations in Mutoko district. They had sunk boreholes in the area, but when they left, they sealed all the boreholes that were benefiting villagers. We tried to engage them to renovate villagers’ houses that cracked during the time they were operating as a result of blasting as well as repairing bridges, but (it was) in vain. We kindly ask the authorities to assist on these matters.”
It is reported that miners of the black stone is Mutoko also do less to the community which remains amongst the poorest despite producing about 75% of Zimbabwe’s black granite. Statistics suggest that at least 98% of black granite extracted from Mutoko is exported to Germany, Spain and Italy.- Newsday