By Sheron Tazvivinga
Masasa residents have beamoned the increase of illegal mines in residential areas as this is impacting negatively on their health.
This emerged during the recently held 2020 Budget review public hearing meeting at Kwekwe theatre when a Masasa resident who preferred anonymity expressed concern over the sprouting of illegal mines near their homes.
Life has become unbearable for them as they are failing to sleep during the night due to the noise from the machines used at the sites.
” We are failing to sleep especially after 8pm due to the noise from the machines used at the mines. It has become hard for us as we can’t sleep peacefully anymore due to noise from the noise from the sites ,”she said.
Efforts to engage with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been fruitless as nothing has been done to shut down the mines, she said.
” We tried to report the matter to the police however they seem to be turning a blind eye to our grievances,” she lamented.
In response to the plight of the Masasa residents t Kwekwe Director of Works Engineer John Mhike said that they would ensure that they engage with police to shut down the illegal mines in residential areas.
“We are going to work hand in hand with the police so that these illegal activities are stopped,” Mhike said.
He said that it is not permissable for illegal mines to operate in residential areas.
” We have been given the mandate to do approvals for mines to operate by the government. However, it is illegal for a mine to operate in residential areas hence there is need to stop it’s operations for the safety of the residents,” said Mhike.