- March 16, 2021
- Posted in LOCAL
A Chinese man got access to a chlorite quartz mine and bought a local man, Mr Honamombe two loaves, local opaque beer “Super” as a token of appreciation.
The incident that shook the local community took place in the Nyanga North Ruwange area.
Honamombe and his friends had previously dealt with the Chinese man selling him the healing stone thrice before until the Asian national persuaded Honamombe to show him where he was getting the stone.
Speaking to a source privy to the issue, Honamombe only realised too late after being confronted that he had made a costly mistake.
“We sold Zhou the Chinese man chlorite quartz three times before and were surprised to see him at the chlorite mine location in the company of Honamombe with 2 loaves and Super Chibuku,” said the source.
When confronted on why he had given away a valuable source of wealth for paltry foodstuff when they could have made a fortune from selling the stone only then did Honamombe realise his mistake. Zhou then rushed to peg the area and started moving equipment to the site.
Honamombe an ex-soldier then only recently moved to purchase a prospecting licence but it was too late.
The incident is a typical example of minerals getting taken from locals without getting any meaningful returns. This is mainly because many Zimbabweans do not know the value of minerals surrounding them and nothing much is being done to conscientise local communities of mineral wealth they have in their areas.