Small-scale miners cry foul over Bill

SMALL-SCALE artisanal miners on Monday petitioned government against Mines minister Winston Chitando over the Minerals Amendment Bill of 2015.

The Bill was referred back to Parliament in  2018 by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for modification.

According to the small-scale miners, the Bill was this year send back to Mnangangwa, this time with even more suppressive provisions.

In a statement issued today by the president of the Zimbabwe Prospectors’ Association, Samson Dzingwe, small-scale artisanal miners said the ministry should urgently intervene and struck off the Bill provisions that potentially suppress their activities.

“Mines and Minerals minister Winston Chitando has to urgently convene a meeting with the interim executive. Individual small-scale miners have elected to peruse the proposed Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill 2015.

 “The Bill was supposed to be promulgated in Parliament, thus the calling of an all stakeholders’ conference in order to exhaustively consult (small-scale artisanal miners) so that their valid concerns are taken care of,” he said

Dzingwe said their appeal to government was in order that authorities would ensure they were exhaustively consulted in matters that affected them as miners at law.