The government of Zimbabwe is set to allocate 20% of chrome mining claims in the country to war veterans who fought in Zimbabwe’s war of liberation. According to Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, the proposal which was tabled by Mines Minister, Winston Chitando, indicates that the allocation should be carried out as part of the government’s empowerment programme.
“The minister tabled a proposal of re-allocating chrome mining claims which were ceded by ZimAlloys. These claims will be re-allocated to other companies which will receive mining claims to sustain and expand ferrochrome mining production. 20% of the claims of the ceded from a total of 11 747 hectares will be reversed for war veterans,” she said. She further added that the modus operandi of the distribution of the mining claims to the war veterans will be announced in due course.
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Allocation process of chrome mining claims
Clarifying on the proposed allocation, Mines Minister Winston Chitando said that any Zimbabwean who is interested in chrome mining was free to approach his office. However, the mining claims have firstly been earmarked specifically for companies which are into ferrochrome production and the only exception to that criteria has been the allocation to war veterans in terms of government policy towards empowering of war veterans
“The Mines Minerals Act works on a first come first service basis, so any Zimbabwean or in the form of a syndicate, company which ever form you want to apply in you can come and we will certainly facilitate the processing of claims if the area is open,” said the minister.
The move is said to be a means by the government to appease the war veterans who have been making outrageous demands to the troubled government, including establishment of their own autonomous government ministry that will look solely at their affairs.