The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has come under fire from
Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) following the death of 23
artisanal miners who were trapped by water inside shafts.
The artisanal miners died after water from a collapsed dam wall flooded their shafts in Battlefields area, Mashonaland West Province. CNRG sent their condolences and regret over the fatality.
Speaking through their communications officer Simiso Mlevu Thursday, CNRG said EMA has over the years been accused by communities and workers of working in cahoots with miners and as a result negating its constitutional mandate which is the protection of the environment among other responsibilities.
“There are a number of mines that are just abandoned in Zimbabwe when
subsection 3 (n) mandates the agency to issue an order in respect of
“Environmental reclamation or rehabilitation once a mine is closed is adequately covered by the country’s statutes. However, EMA as a regulatory body is either sleeping on duty or is, for the reasons known to themselves, allowing impunity
to continue at the expense of people’s lives and the environment.,” said Mlevu in a statement.
She added that EMA is supposed to carry out bi-annual environmental
“Environmental Impact assessment is “an evaluation of a project to determine its impact on the environment and human health and to set out the
“An EIA thus ensures that environmental, economic and social pillars
CNRG called on the government of Zimbabwe to ensure statutory