Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasas appointed SMM Administrator Arafas Gwaradzimba confirmed ZMDCs takeover of the mine while speaking to state medias Chronicle but expressed ignorance on how much the commission is injecting into part of former Mutumwa Maweres empire.
Gwaradzimba who has said he does not talk to private media, only said if enough money is put on SMM by ZMDC, it will take three to six months for full production to resume.
However, top management officials at the mine confided to The Zimbabwean that ZMDC which has been given mandate to oversee alluvial diamond mining at Chiadzwa fields, will not be able to turn around production of SMM.
The mine needs about US$58 million urgent capital injection at the moment but our own investigations have revealed that ZMDC cant immediately avail that money because it is failing to boost production at such small mines as Sandawana where there are complaints, said one official.
Other inside sources said majority workers at the mine last received full salaries in 2009 and currently the wage bill arrears are incredibly too high for ZMDC to handle.
What we need is a private player here. ZMDC is too preoccupied with Chiadzwa issues and they will not take production of SMM serious at all.
SMM was taken from Mawere in 2004 by president Mugabes Government. That was after Mawere had been specified through the draconian Prevention of Corruption Act. After failing to find a legal instrument to lawfully take over the mines, Chinamasa facilitated the passing of a decree placing the mines under administration of Gwaradzimba, a chartered accountant helped by Mawere to establish a firm.
Mawere has been despecified now but still Chinamasa will not give him back his mines saying he bought them through state funds a claim that has not been proven up to now.
ZVISHAVANE - Shabani Mashava Mine (SMM) employees here have slammed the Zimbabwe Mining Development Commission (ZMDC) takeover of the mine saying the sole Government parastatal will not be able to boost production. (Pictured: Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa)