Top Zanu PF official ‘grabs’ mine
THREE Kadoma gold miners have dragged a top Zanu PF official and former Mbizo constituency MP Vongaishe Mupereri to the High Court after he allegedly grabbed their mine.
Calvin and Estearn Mutema and Gift Chakupa are seeking an interdict against Mupereri and his co-defendant, Gladys Chivere.
“On September 5, 2019, we obtained a certificate from the ministry of Mines to mine gold at Etna XY5 situated on Inesdale Estate, Kadoma …The problem we are now facing is that the respondents (Mupereri and Chivere) are disturbing our operations and they even unlawfully evicted us from the claim we are legally mining,” the trio said.
The three said the court must give an order interdicting Mupereri and Chivere from interfering with their operations and should be sent to jail for contempt of court if they breach the directive.
“We reported the matter to the relevant authorities, but we are not comfortable with that, hence our approach to this honourable court for recourse which we believe is executable.
“We want an order which will stop the respondents from interfering with our operations and possibly move (them) away from our claim because we are the registered owners,” the three said in their application.
They further told the court that Mupereri and his accomplice acted unlawfully because they do not have any documents proving them to be the owners of the mine.
“We understand that if they are interdicted from disturbing our operations, we will immensely benefit from the gold reef, thereby contributing to the economy of this country,” they said.
A letter dated September 10, 2019, which is part of the court annexures, from Mashonaland West provincial mining director to Kadoma police indicated the trio are the bona fide owners of the mine.
“This office is in receipt of the … complaint from Calvin Mutema of Royalion Mining Syndicate, in which he alleges to have been evicted by members of your office from Etna XY5 Mine …
“The complainant alleges that members of your office indicated that the area belongs to someone else.
“Please be advised that Royalion Mining Syndicate, whose members are Calvin Mutema, Estearn Mutema and Gift Chakupa is the registered holder of Etna XY5 located in Inesdale Farm,” reads part of the letter.
Mupereri and Chivere have not responded to the application. The matter has been set down for hearing today on the unopposed roll.