Mashava mine workers evicted, dumped in inhabitable houses

SHANNISE DZOBO MASHAVA - Shabanie Mashava Mines Holdings (SMM) has evicted more than 10 families from Gaths Mine and dumped them at ...


MASHAVA - Shabanie Mashava Mines Holdings (SMM) has evicted more than 10 families from Gaths Mine and dumped them at a mining compound at King Mine where the houses are said to be dilapidated, without water and toilets and some of them are at great risk of collapsing.
Workers who spoke to The Mirror complained that the evictions are being done without notices.
Some 50 more families are awaiting eviction although they are owed millions of dollars in unpaid salaries by SMM. Cain Sibanda a senior employee at SMM refused to comment on the matter.
However, The Mirror is informed that management is clearing the houses in order to create room for students and staff members from a local university.
When asked for a comment Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Dr Amadeus Shamu said that he is not aware of the matter and he will look into it.
The workers were occupying 4 roomed houses that had both water and toilets and they had enjoyed such occupancy for over 10 years.
Terrence Mupedzi, one of the workers who is in line for eviction said he and his colleagues have since 2008 been on unpaid leave.
He said Cain Sibanda and other managers came with a lorry loaded with people and forcefully removed the workers' property out of the houses. 
"Cain Sibanda, Wilson Museva, Lydia Sigauke and Cathrine Nyambiya came with a lorry full of men to forcefully remove our property from mine houses that we have been living in for over a decade" said Mupedzi 
Sibanda said he has nothing to comment when asked for a comment.
Mupedzi said that after the incident he went to the mine offices to resign but the managers refused to accept his resignation letter.
"Since 2013, we have been on unpaid leave and we had relaxed in the houses even though we had not been paid, but surprisingly we were kicked out of the houses like dogs. I went to the offices to tender my resignation letter but the mine managers refused to take it," said an angry Mupedzi.
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The Mirror: Mashava mine workers evicted, dumped in inhabitable houses
Mashava mine workers evicted, dumped in inhabitable houses
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