Mugabe wades into mine takeover


HARARE – President Robert Mugabe is expected to intervene in the Renco Mine saga today to put finality to the on-going ownership wrangle that has sucked in one of his ministers.

This was said by Indenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere when he appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee on women and youth yesterday.

Kasukuwere said the on-going Renco saga would be finalised through Mugabe’s intervention.

Tourism minister Walter Mzembi and Zanu PF MP Irvine Dzingirai (Chivi South) invaded Renco Mine last month arguing that it was a way to resolve a payment dispute between the mine workers and their employer.

Mzembi is Masvingo South legislator.

Kasukuwere was giving oral evidence on indigenisation. He stated that sanity had to prevail at the mine to enable him to fully implement his empowerment programme.

“Tomorrow (today) we are going to Masvingo with the President to launch to a community share ownership trust and dealing with all the mines in the province.

“We are going to clear everything that has happened at Renco Mine and the protest by workers’ wives last month was a sign that people were not happy and wanted us to act.

“The Renco management has been playing games and lying to us, and it has to be resolved,” said Kasukuwere.

“We shall follow the law and stop those invasions,” he added.

There were lighter moments when Dzingirai walked into the committee room as Kasukuwere was giving evidence and MPs shouted” “Renco Mine” with Dzingirai laughing off as he took his seat.

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