Zacc targets mining sector

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The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development minister Winston Chitando
  • Officials accused of double allocation of gold claims
  • Demands bribes to issue mining certificates

MUTARE – The Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (ZACC) is closing in on some alleged corrupt Ministry of Mines officials countrywide who are alleged of double allocating mining claims and demanding bribes from miners to obtain mining certificates.          

 ZACC spokesperson John Makamure on Thursday told the Zimbabwe Morning Post  on the sidelines of a strategic workshop in Mutare that they are are targeting the mining sector in Zimbabwe where corruption is very rampant.

He said they are already  instituting investigations on the Manicaland provincial mining office members who have been implicated in the scam involving huge sums of money in the allocation of gold claims.

Manicaland small-scale miners have alleged that the Ministry of Mines officials at the Mutare main office are double allocating claims to miners, a move that they have said has affected mining production.

The miners raised the concern during a Green Governance Zimbabwe Trust workshop in Penhalonga recently.

Zanu PF officials in Manicaland have also raised a red flag over the alleged massive corruption at the ministry of mines office against the same officials.

Yes, the issue of corruption at the Manicaland mines section is now in the public domain. We are closing in on all corrupt elements. We are looking into the matter seriously. In fact there is so much corruption in the mining sector generally especially in the issuance of mining permits,” Makamure said.

 “We will bring the culprits to book. “The net is closing in on all people who are involved in these corrupt activities and there are no sacred cows,” he said.

“The first thing we will be doing is to investigate the issuance of permits and the double allocation of claims. We need to find out the root cause and we want to get to the bottom of this. We need to check if there are checks and balances, maybe they are putting systems that facilitate looting,” he said.

Investigations by this publication have revealed that the corrupt acts are within the surveying and engineering departments.

This publication has names of the corrupt ministry of mines officials who have formed strong syndicates with middlemen to corruptly double allocate mining claims and demand bribes for the issuance of the mining licences.

The Manicaland Provincial Mining Director Omen Sibanda is on record for preaching zero tolerance to corruption.

“As a Ministry we are applying a zero tolerance approach to corruption. We want to encourage those affected with this to approach ZACC so that corrective measures are taken,” Sibanda said.

He admitted that the ministry was facing challenges with boundary disputes on claims where two owners are fighting for one claim.

“We are going to speed up the dispute resolution and registration process,” he said.

In its move to fight corruption, ZACC has said there is need to restructure various institutions including government mining institutions.

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