The government has established an inter-ministerial team dedicated to addressing the rampant illegal mining crisis in Kwekwe District. This team, comprised of representatives from various government departments, will coordinate efforts to investigate and resolve the complex issues associated with illegal mining activities.
Kwekwe District has long been plagued by the rampant issue of illegal mining activities, and the government’s struggle to combat this problem continues. In a recent tweet, Nick Mangwana the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information highlighted the dire situation faced by Mrs. Rusike and her family, whose home in Silver Oaks Street near Globe and Phoenix Mine has suffered severe structural damage due to the ongoing mining activities.
Mangwana said the gravity of the situation became evident a year ago when the Rusike family’s dining room collapsed into an underground tunnel, compelling them to evacuate their residence. However, the situation took a turn for the worse as the kitchen and bathroom of their house gave way in a dramatic fashion just last evening. The destruction was attributed to a powerful dynamite explosion that occurred during nearby mining operations, revealing the existence of a massive shaft hidden beneath the unsuspecting family’s home.
Illegal mining poses significant risks not only to the affected communities but also to the environment and the integrity of infrastructure.