- ... there is need for a fool-proof plan to ensure that villagers derive maximum benefits from the resource.
THE gold-rush in Tongogara area of Gokwe has attracted the attention of political leaders amid concerns that the local community might not benefit from the natural resource.
With illegal panners swarm the area in search of the yellow metal, the ZANU PF District Development Committee has called for an immediate solution to ensure regulated mining activities that benefit villagers.
“We need to ensure that this gold benefits local villagers and I am going to make sure the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development officials are here to help us secure the place until regularisation is finalised,” said Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena.
Others weighed in saying there is need for a fool-proof plan to ensure that villagers derive maximum benefits from the resource.
There have also been calls for a community share ownership structure.
“We need to come up with a structure that leaves no one behind in terms of deriving benefits from this operation. We can spearhead the formation of a community share ownership scheme.
“This will ensure that any gains from that operation will be channelled towards improving the district’s infrastructure,” Gokwe North DDC chairman Martin Musakanda said.
Regularisation of mining operations in such areas has been cited as key in achieving the envisaged US$12 billion mining economy by 2023. – ZBC ■