On Saturday, Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) facilitated in the formation, launching and subsequent elections for Chegutu District Miners Association with the aim of formalizing all the mining activities in the district.
The event which began late in the morning was moderated by Chiedza Chipangura and co from the Mashonaland West Zimbabwe Miners Federation to pave way for a vibrant mining association in the district for the betterment and development of the mining industry in Zimbabwe. As they say, development is a bottom up approach, therefore the association is there to oversee mining development from grassroots level.
The association was formed to represent all artisanal and small scale miners in solving disputes as individuals, cooperatives and other organizations in the small scale category, lobby for opportunities, financial resources and equipment for affiliates and other duties assigned to by ZMF.
The members of the association were given a go-ahead to start operating after they were elected. Innocent Nicks was elected Chairperson of the association, secretary and Treasurer went to Tawanda Mabika and Lesie Chipangura. Mudiwa Mutsuko and Richard Murombedzi were declared Committee members.
The elected chairperson of the association Innocent Nicks was optimistic that better days would follow in mining operation and development in Chegutu district, Nicks believes that he is the right person for the job, a hard worker, vocal and well connected,
“.. it’s a very easy task because I am in various youth organizations and I have vast experience when it comes to leadership” said Nicks.
ZMF is a baby of Mines and Mining Development formed under the new Mines and Mineral’s Act, its mandate is to monitor and supervise all artisanal miners and small scale miners, they are also tasked to formalize all the mining activities by illegal miners (amakorokoza). However, ZMF in order to efficiently execute its obligation has been tasked to establish district associations so that the association will then register all illegal miners and monitor their operations whilst supervising their activities.