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Amacimbi invaders warned in Kezi
12 Apr 2017 at 03:55hrs | Views
Amacimbi harvesters from other regions who have descended at Matopo district have been banned and ordered to leave with immediate effect by area leader, Chief Nyangazonke of Maphisa in Kezi.
According to Nyangazonke, invaders risk being charged at his court for looting a resource that belongs to locals.
Hundreds of people have invaded most parts of Matabeleland South in search of amacimbi which are said to be un-usually in high supply this season.
The invaders are living in makeshift camps under squalid conditions that could prove to be a breeding ground for diseases.
A similar situation is obtaining from Collen Bawn to Makado area.
Cheif Nyangazonke is quoted saying the mopani worm harvesters were also bathing and relieving themselves in or near rivers.
He said amacimbi are meant to augment locals' food supply and to be sold to help communities pay for children's school fees, among others.
"If there is anyone who is still in my area harvesting amacimbi and does not belong here, they should leave with immediate effect.
"If they cannot abide by our community rules, then they face arrest. Non-locals who are coming Nicodemously for our natural resource are not welcome. This is a natural resource that should be benefiting the community as a whole, especially in these tough economic times," said the chief.
"Locals should harvest them in abundance and raise money for school fees, and for barter trade with other basic commodities.
"Most people in my community have serious challenges in paying fees and providing for their families. It is our gift from Mother Nature and locals should benefit. We never go to other areas for their gold or diamonds or whatever natural resource that they have, they should leave us alone with our food."
Source - Chronicle/Byo24News