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Gold mining syndicate refurbishes Zanu-PF Chegutu offices

By Mutsa Makuvaza

ZVAKABUDA Empowerment Trust, a gold mining syndicate, a revamped the Zanu-PF Chegutu District Offices and also plans to accompany ruling party officials to Temba in Mozambique where it will fund the erection of a perimeter fence at the liberation war shrine.

The facelift at Chegutu ruling party offices included tiling the floors as well as designing a portrait for the party’s First Secretary and President Mnangagwa.

“Zanu-PF is a party of ethos and we saw it fit to refurbish the Chegutu District party offices by tiling the floors. We also designed a portrait for our President, Cde Mnangagwa, as part of refurbishing our offices,” Innocent Nicks, the secretary-general for the trust, said.

Previously, Zuvarabuda has worked with local Zanu-PF ward Councillors and constituency MPs to build projects such as clinics in and around the gold-rich Mashonaland West town.

Nicks confirmed that his trust helped build Danangwe Clinic in Chegutu East Constituency’s Ward 22, which was recently handed over to the local community leadership.

Zuvarabuda Empowerment Trust also works with Government departments and surrounding schools. Recently, it assisted Gadzema Primary, have also received support from the gold mining organisation which works mainly with youths in and around Chegutu.

Nicks says as patriotic youths, they were committed to implementing more projects not just in Chegutu district but the nation at large.

“We are planning to accompany Government officials and Zanu-PF Women’s League Chegutu officials to Tembwe, Mozambique, where we have committed to have the shrine get a perimeter fence,” he said.

Tembwe military camp was used by ZANLA for training of recruits during the liberation war. In 1977, an estimated 3,000 recruits as well as women and children were massacred in a four-day horrendous genocidal onslaught by Rhodesian forces. The place is now a mass grave.

Mass graves at Tembwe Military Camp in Mozambique

Recently, Zuvarabuda Empowerment Trust was granted permission to create a special purpose vehicle with David Whitehead and Chegutu Municipality for the Mines and Mining Development ministry to grant them a special mining grant.

In a letter dated September 21, 2020 addressed to Zuvarabuda directors, David Whitehead Textiles Ltd judicial manager Knowledge Hofisi wrote: “In our view, to ensure the smooth revival of the company, it is necessary to consent to mining activities as we did in November 2019. This will be mutually beneficial.

“We are, therefore, going to authorise David Whitehead to mine jointly with the Municipality of Chegutu and Zuvarabuda.”

About 3 500 youths in Chegutu have been empowered by Zuvarabuda Empowerment Trust. ■

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