Kwekwe: The government has categorically stated that the invasion of Gaika gold mine in Kwekwe by artisanal miners is illegal and it further castigated senior party members who are cunningly orchestrating moves of re-invasion through hijacking the Independence celebrations to mobilise the youths, the Zim Morning Post has established.
Minister of State in Midlands province Larry Mavhima told this publication on Thursday that the rule of law was taking its course and Gaika mine will remain sealed off by the Midlands Joint Operation Command(JOC).
The eviction is line with a court order granted by the Bulawayo High Court and witnessed by Chief Justice Luke Malaba.
“Invading other individuals’ properties is against the rule of law and furthermore a mockery of the new dispensation’s mantra which clearly states that Zimbabwe is Open for Business, we are talking about devolution and we want people to come here (Midlands)and invest and this game of invading is out of order.
“We want normalcy to prevail at Gaika mine and anywhere else in our province and individuals championing lawlessness must refrain for such retrogressive behaviour,” fumed Mavhima.
Mavhima said some senior party officials were putting the name of the ruling party and its leader (President Mnangagwa) into disrepute by invading properties in the guise that they are acting on Mnangagwa’s instructions designed for the benefit of party members.
“Some people have access to the President (Mnangagwa)and sometimes they are seen with him at public gatherings but they abuse that privilege hoodwinking people that the President is in support of Gaika invasion or any other illegal activities for their own benefit.
“Let me set the record straight, the President has got nothing to do with Gaika, the party is not getting anything from those looters and people should not tarnish the name of the President and the name of ZANU PF,” fumed Mavhima.
Information gathered by Zim Morning Post showed that a senior ZANU PF member (name supplied) is mobilising youths in Kwekwe (the majority of who are artisanal miners) to re-ivade Gaika.
The senior member is misrepresenting to the youths that the mine will resume operations legally.
“Today ZANU PF youths were mobilising miners to go and attend Independence celebrations telling them that if they attend Gaika mine will be opened,” said one Kwekwe resident.
The mine has been at the centre of controversy and protracted legal battles.
A number of deaths have been reported at the mine and it has been brought to the Midlands mining administrator’s attention.
The High Court ordered ZANU PF stalwart Vongai Mupereri to instruct the youths that he had ordered to invade the mine to leave.
Mupereri has defied the court order and this publication understands that he begged the Midlands Police Dispol and the Battlefields commander to withdraw the joint security forces manning Gaika but was advised to approach the headquarters in the capital.