Legislators in Zimbabwe have called for a ministerial statement to provide clarity on the country’s policy concerning the granting of mining rights in protected areas, including national parks and cemeteries. The issue was raised during a session in Parliament, where concerns were expressed about the ongoing investigations into protected areas and alleged encroachments by foreign entities.

Tendai Biti, the Harare East legislator, emphasized the importance of policy clarification in addressing the matter. He specifically mentioned the case of Mutoko, where he alleged that the homestead of Njapi, the Queen of the Babudya people, was being invaded by foreigners. Biti’s statement highlights the need for clear guidelines to safeguard protected areas from unauthorized mining activities.

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Echoing similar concerns, Temba Mliswa, the Norton legislator, stressed the urgency for collaboration between the ministries of environment and mines to develop a comprehensive policy statement. Mliswa also drew attention to the discontent among traditional leaders regarding mining operations in Boterekwa, located in Shurugwi.


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