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Battlefield mine disaster: Govt blames artisanal miners

More than 40 miners feared dead as mine collapses

By Nyasha N. Mukapiko

More than 40 artisanal miners are feared dead following the flooding of an abandoned mine in Battlefields near Kadoma on Wednesday. The flooding was caused by heavy rains which led to the collapse of a dam wall.

On Thursday, during the question and answer session in the Senate, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi blamed the artisanal miners for being ignorant saying their challenge was that even when they are told that there is a danger they continue to mine in those mines.

“For example Eldorado Mine in Chinhoyi, they go there at night despite the fact that the mine has been condemned. They also need awareness that if you go underground in such mines it is not safe. But, there is something that is being done about it,”  he said.

Minister Ziyambi was responding to a question which had been raised by Senator Keresenzi Chabuka who wanted to know government policy with regards to protection of artisanal miners.

Ziyambi went on further to inform Senators that government was waiting for the passage of the Mines and Minerals Bill which was crucial in regulating the operations of small scale miners.

On social media, citizens criticised the government for casting a blind eye on the Battlefields mine disaster with many suggesting that the incident qualified to be declared a national disaster.

According to Minister Ziyambi, the responsible authorities yesterday were still trying to drain the water to check if
there were any survivors.

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa also expressed concern over the situation adding his prayers are with the affected families.

President Mnangagwa had not posted anything on his social media pages with regards to the disaster.

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Nyasha Ngonidzashe Mukapiko

Freelance Multimedia Journalist | Fixer | Social media consultant

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