Government’s decision to seal off Gaika Mine in Kwekwe seem to be bearing fruit amid indications that normalcy has returned to the gold rich mine with a top government official indicating that the second republic respects private property rights in line with the dictates of good governance.
Gaika Mine located on the outskirts of the city of Kwekwe has been attracting media attention for the wrong reasons after a group of illegal miners had besieged the mine making the place a no-go area prompting the state security apparatus to act by deploying personnel to seal off the mine mid-month.
A visit to the mine revealed that the illegal gold miners have since disserted the mining fields leaving behind a trail of land degradation with others having left their compressors and generators after the state security officials intervened.
Mine assistant manager Mr Mathius Nyakudya said save for sporadic cases of some illegal miners who sometimes visit the site at night, business is back to normal with some nearby residents also indicating that the area is now safe.
The Minister of State for Midlands Province Cde Larry Mavhima said government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the investment climate obtaining in the country is conducive and as such the aspect of respect for property rights becomes critical.
“Zimbabwe is a law abiding country and we cannot allow people to run amok and do whatever they want to do. This is the rule of law being implemented. We want people to respect the rule of law. This is unacceptable and as the Minister of the Midlands will ensure that the rule of law is maintained and property rights respected and ensure that investors come to Midlands and invest in all sectors of the economy,” he said.
Gaika Mine is owned by jersey-based, Duration Gold and has some of the country’s richest gold reserves.