Is­sue of nat­u­ral re­sources re­main con­tro­ver­sial

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EDITOR — The is­sue of nat­u­ral re­sources in Zim­babwe has re­mained a con­tro­ver­sial one as or­di­nary peo­ple are not ben­e­fit­ing much from the rich nat­u­ral re­sources in the coun­try.

As the cash cri­sis is af­fect­ing all of us this is an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of the min­ing laws to al­low in­di­vid­u­als to trade in gold and other pre­cious stones.

Every time the Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe ad­dresses the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, he has to re­mind them that Zim­babwe as a land­locked coun­try is rich in nat­u­ral re­source and th­ese should ben­e­fit the black ma­jor­ity.

There­fore there is no need that our lovely coun­try should have a cash cri­sis that we are go­ing through.

The only so­lu­tion to our cash cri­sis is for the Zim­bab­wean Gov­ern­ment to re­peal the old colo­nial laws that make it il­le­gal for its cit­i­zens to trade in gold and other pre­cious stone.

Our gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced laws that em­pow­ers Zim­babwe’s in­dige­nous peo­ple yet th­ese laws do not em­power a shop keeper to buy th­ese pre­cious stones from an or­di­nary per­son.

In the Mid­dle East and Asia, gold and other pre- cious min­er­als are traded on the streets and mar­ket places like Mbare Musika with­out any re­stric­tions. That is the Way that Zim­babwe should go. The min­eral ex­plo­ration of a na­tion with the world’s largest di­a­mond re­serves, sec­ond largest plat­inum re­serves and over 40 ex­ploitable min­er­als has the po­ten­tial to turn Zim­babwe into the jewel of Africa.

There is al­ways hope in our moth­er­land and let’s make it real.

Ja­cob Kudzayi Mtisi

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