Dreaded CIO Minister in fresh mine wrangle storm
In a letter that is circulating on social media addressed to ZANU PF official Vongai Mupereri, Honourable Ncube says, "I acknowledge your letter dated 18 April 2019 regarding closure of the Gaika Mining Syndicate.
"Be advised that the national Joint Operations Command (JOC) was never mandated or ordered to close the mine. I have checked with the relevant authority on this issue.
Former Mbizo parliamentarian Mupereri was recently ordered to report to Connemara Prison for contempt of court after an order witnessed by Chief Justice Luke Malaba was reached when Mpereri defied a previous court order that ruled that he and the illegal invaders vacate Gaika gold mine.
The mine has been at the centre of controversy and protracted legal battles.
A number of deaths have been reported at the mine and it has been brought to the Midlands mining administrator's attention.
Mupereri has been making relentless efforts to retake control of the mine despite a subsisting court order.
I couldn't make contact with Minister Ncube but spoke to the principal who was very clear that property rights will be respected at Gaika as well as anywhere else in Zimbabwe. Court orders will be respected and Gaika Mine is not opening tomorrow as widely circulated.— Nick mangwana (@nickmangwana) April 21, 2019