By Staff Reporter
The Zimbabwe Prospectors Association has taken its fight with Mines Minister Winston Chitando on being sidelined in the ongoing Mines and Minerals Bill Consultations to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s doorstep.
A letter in possession of this publication indicates that the prospectors have written to Mnangagwa to reign in Chitando.
The prospectors in the letter said they have decided to take their concerns to Mnangagwa as he is a listening President.
“Your Excellency we are disheartened and shocked by your Honourable Minister of Mines W. Chitando’s public utterances that he will not consult other vital stakeholders, regards, bill except the Z.M.F and Chamber of Mines only,” prospectors wrote.
They explained further that the association which represents the interests of approved prospectors (peggers) who are technical individuals and not miners are being forced to be represented by miners.
“It is absolutely not write to say Technical Proffessional Association be represented by Non Technical Association.”
He added that prospectors peg claims for miners hence, “We want to be answerable to issues that concerns our proffession rather than the ursuping of that representation by Miners Association, however, we remain unconsulted, since 2018 up to now we see ranages of issues in mines bill tantamount to threatening national security,” prospectors said.
Recently, Zimbabwe Prospectors Association president Samson Dzingwe slammed Chitando whom he labelled as being, “not being unfair but also segregative.
“That is very unfair, unconstitutional, segregative, uncalled for, because our constitution does not force people or associations of a certain group to affiliate to a certain group so that they can contribute to national affairs,” after he said he had been sidelined in consultations.