Minister of Mines and Mining Development Winston Chitando has urged the Zvishavane-Mberengwa Mining Association (ZMMA) to resolve its dispute with the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) President Henrietta Rushwaya through dialogue instead of the courts.
Speaking to journalists in the capital today, Chitando appealed to the ZMMA and other associations, who are members of ZMF to put the interests of the Federation first.
“I wish to state upfront that Zimbabwe Miners Federation is a very key stakeholder in the development of mining industry in Zimbabwe and as such it is absolutely important that it operates efficiently and in a manner that is representative of its membership,”
“It is absolutely important that for a body which represents a significant number of operators in the mining industry that leadership issues are not resolved in courts, we would like to see leadership issues being resolved by parties coming together and amicably resolving any disputes that may have arisen.
“ So in my capacity as patron, I am appealing to the ZMF, the associations, who are members of ZMF to put the interests of the Federation first. In my capacity as a patron I will engage the parties so that we resolve these issues,” said Chitando.
Meanwhile the Bulawayo High Court today dismissed an urgent application by the ZMMA seeking to bar Rushwaya from representing the interests of ZMF after she had appealed to the Supreme Court against a recent High Court order which stripped her of the presidency of the small scale miners’ body.
In his ruling, Justice Makonese said that the chamber application was not urgent and should be dismissed with costs.