Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) has accused the former body Secretary-General Victor Rupende of fraud when he allegedly misrepresented himself in the capacity of secretary general of the association trying to source funds from Mr. Samuriwo.
According to a statement issued by the current ZMF vice president, Lindi Mpofu last week, ZMF distances itself from Rupende thus any organization or individuals signing agreements with Rupende on behalf of ZMF risked being conned as Rupende is not part of the current executive body.
“The ZMF Executive distances itself from these claims and it is furthermore unfortunate Rupende has sought to misrepresent himself in the capacity of SG which is in direct conflict with the current court ruling. All miners should be on the alert for any schemes which could lead to being fleeced of their hard earned money,” she said.
This came after Rupende had allegedly written a proposal to one named Mr Samuriwo trying to source funds for “a training” to promote and empower small scale and artisanal miners on certain mining matters which would benefit the miners.
“I had some consultations with the Zimbabwe Miners Federation national executive board agreed to partner and work with your organisational all aspects to promote and empower some small scale miners” reads the proposal in part.
Rupende could not confirm or deny the allegations. Efforts to get in touch with him were fruit-less.
Last month Henrietta Rushwaya’s led executive won the court challenge against the Zvishavane-Mberengwa Mining Association (ZMMA) which was filed as an urgent chamber application seeking to bar her from representing the interests of ZMF after she had appealed to the Supreme Court against the High Court order which stripped her of the ZMF presidency. The court ruling meant that Rushwaya led executive is the current authorities of the small scale association