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    EMA in quandary as Police fails to take illegal miner to court




    TATENDA CHIZU

    MASHAVA –
    The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is in a quandary after Police at Masvingo CID Mineral Section has either neglected or is refusing to take a company that's illegally mining chrome inside a residential suburb of Mashava to court.
    EMA manager Robson Mavondo said in an interview that Icon Alloys Mine which is owned by Takunda Mujumi is illegally mining in Mambo High Density Suburb in Mashava thereby pausing serious health risks to the residents of the area.  There is also massive environmental degradation in the homesteads caused by the company's 100 workers.
    He further said that Mujumi did not have an Environmental Impact Association certificate to carry out the mining activities and was issued with a ticket which he paid for and therefore admitted that he was guilty of an offence.
    After the admission of guilty, Mujumi was issued with an order to cease operations but further inspections show that the order was ignored and a report was made to Mashava Police Station and docket number 32/516 was opened against him.
    According to EMA, since April, Mujumi has not been taken to court by the Police and numerous efforts to engage Constable Mnengerwa who apparently is doing the case have yielded nothing.
    The Mirror contacted Constable Mnengerwa who said the case had been brought to court last week on Tuesday.
    Police Spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula said the case is now with the courts..
    "There has been great environmental degradation as numerous pits have been dug indiscriminately and unsustainably within homesteads. There is also a possibility of stagnant water pools and pits in the event that the area receives heavy downpours.
    "The chrome mining activities are being conducted in Section 5 and section 21 of Mambo Township, a residential area of King Mine in Mashava. These sections are homestead areas and the activities are being carried in immediate vicinity of the homesteads.
    "There are at least 100 workers on site to carry out chrome mining activities.
    "The law says that all mining operators should have a ministry of mines license and an EIA certificate from EMA, so on 1 April we ordered him to stop until he conducts the certificate from EMA.
    On 21 April we went back to Mashava and he was still mining and we made a report at Zimbabwe Republic Police Mashava base and a docket number 32/5/16 was opened, surprisingly the case has not been brought to court up to now and the miner is still operating in defiance of the order that was served on him," he said.
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