Politicians hi-jack sand, clay project

Zanu (PF) politicians have been accused of hi-jacking a thriving sand and clay project being operated by the JEJ Special Sands Co-operative.

JEJ stands for Joel, Ephraim and June who are the founders of the project in the Damofalls, near Waterfalls medium density suburb, where business tycoon Phillip Chiyangwa is building low-income houses.

“They are bringing in their relatives and friends saying that the party’s District Chairman has told them to come and work in our co-operative,” said Ephraim Fundukwa, Chairman of the co-operative.

JEJ sells sand and clay to recognised transporters for $35 per cubic metre – about 12 wheel barrows.

“Our co-operative has 25 members but the political situation makes us have more than 100 because some Zanu (PF) politicians are sending people here to join us.

This is straining our resources.We pay our workers daily about $25 each when things are fine but about $15 when things are not fine.

This enables them to pay their school fees and buy food for themselves,” said Fundukwa.

The project has been given the nod by the Environmental Management Agency, which recognises transporters paying $110 for their licence.

There are, however, two other areas such as Caledonia and near Irvines Day Old Chicks where several shady dealers are getting their sand and clay freely under the cover of night.

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