KWEKWE- Senior Zanu PF officials from the Midlands province have vowed that they will soon step up efforts to seize more mining claims which are being under-utilised in the pursuit of financially cushioning the youths, midlandsnews reports.
Addressing dozens of party youths during a clean-up campaign held at Mbizo 4 Shopping centre in Kwekwe this afternoon, former Zanu PF Mbizo legislator Vongaishe Mupereri told party youths that the ruling party would soon seize Indarama Mine located a few kilometres from Kwekwe town.
The clean-up campaign- a brainchild of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and backed by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA)- was largely comprised of artisanal miners clad in Zanu PF regalia.
“I would like to thank all those who have come to be part of this noble initiative. I also want to thank our guys from Gaika (Mine, formerly owned by Duration Gold). I want to assure you that we are also going to get some mines which have been lying idle for some time, including Indarama”, said Mupereri amid cheering from the congregated party youths.
Last year, Zanu PF youths led by Mupereri marched from the Kwekwe CBD and grabbed Gaika Mine which is located three kilometres in the south-eastern part of the Midlands mining town.
The Mine was seized under the controversial Community Share Ownership scheme, a brainchild of the youths from Kwekwe.
Indarama has been idle for more than a decade and when Gaika Mine was occupied last year, it had been defunct since 1998.