Govt sets up Peace Mine Board of Trustees

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Midlands Bureau Chief

THE Gov­ern­ment has set up a Board of Trustees com­posed of tra­di­tional lead­ers to over­see the run­ning of Peace Mine Tur­tle 54 in Silo­bela area.

The new Board of Trustees will be headed by Chief Mal­isa on a ro­ta­tional bases. Other mem­bers are Chiefs Ruya, Govo and Sigodo work­ing to­gether with Silo­bela district ad­min­is­tra­tor, the Silo­bela Ru­ral District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and chair­per­son.

The mine has since been changed to Silo­bela Com­mu­nity Share Own­er­ship Trust with the DA ex­pected to over­see the reg­is­tra­tion process.

In­tro­duc­ing the new Board of Trustees in Silo­bela, the Min­is­ter of Mines and Min­ing Devel­op­ment, Wal­ter Chid­hakwa said the mine should re-open soon af­ter a mine man­ager sec­onded from the ZMDC starts work­ing. The chiefs, he said, will be taken to the Zvisha­vane Com­mu­nity Share Own­er­ship Trust for in­duc­tion this week.

“We now have a new board of trustees of the four chiefs led by Chief Mal­isa. The chiefs will take turns to chair the board. While the chiefs head the board of trustees, they won’t in­ter­fere with the run­ning of the mine. They will wait for monthly re­ports from the mine man­ager who is com­ing in from ZMDC,” he said.

“Time for fight­ing is over, we want peace and pro­duc­tion at the mine for the devel­op­ment of Silo­bela and the coun­try at large.”

Min­is­ter Chid­hakwa said a team of ex­perts would be vis­it­ing the mine to as­sess if it is safe to com­mence op­er­a­tions.

“We have heard that it is not safe to work underground af­ter the pil­lars were van­dalised. Now a tech­ni­cal team is go­ing to go underground and will come up with a re­port and also a bill of quan­tity,” he said.

The devel­op­ment was ar­rived at af­ter an in­tense meet­ing be­tween the war­ring par­ties and a four-mem­ber min­is­te­rial mem­ber team led by Min­is­ter Chid­hakwa. The min­is­ter urged the vil­lagers to unite and work to­gether and de­sist from fight­ing over the mine as they now own it.

Peace Mine was part of Mwana Africa be­fore it was signed as an at­tribute agree­ment and given to the com­mu­nity. How­ever, Mr Arthur Nki­wane, who as­sisted in reg­is­ter­ing the mine, took over con­trol spark­ing a long stand­ing dis­pute with the Silo­bela com­mu­nity.

Min­is­ter Chid­hakwa re­cently told the vil­lagers that the days of Mr Nki­wane run­ning the mine as chair­per­son were over. — @pchi­tumba1

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