Chiefs demand mining stakes

Traditional Chiefs want a specific stake in the controversial mines grab being spearheaded by Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere under the so-called empowerment programme.


Speaking at a meeting addressed by Kasukuwere here, the chiefs said besides benefitting from the community ownership scheme in which all mines are being compelled to surrender 10% shares to locals, they want a percentage of the total to be set aside for them.

However, the MDC has firmly resisted the programme saying it should be broad-based and not a campaign tool for Zanu (PF) as it would scare away investors.

“As chiefs, we are of the view that the empowerment programme will not be complete without us being allocated specific shares. For example, as a chief, I would want to have some money to buy a scud (opaque beer) and this programme should make me have funds for that,” said Chief Ndanga of Shurugwi.

Other chiefs concurred saying as the custodians of areas with the mines, they should benefit as individuals, not only as part of communities.

“It’s my area and I am the one who should benefit,” said another local chief.

In response, Kasukuwere promised the traditional leaders that he would work to see their wishes being fulfilled.

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