By Amanda Mavhaza
The fate of incasarated and suspended Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) president Henrietta Rushwaya is likely to be sealed next week at the federation’s Annual General Meeting to be held in Kwekwe.
Rushwaya is in remand prison on allegation of trying to smuggle six kgs of gold to Dubai. She was arrested weeks ago at Robert Gabriel Mugabe airport.
Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando is expected to grace the general meeting.
In an invitation letter to Minister Chitando, ZMF said the general meeting will present an opportunity for Minister Chitando to interface with small scale miners.
“The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) in conjunction with The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development is proud to host Mining Industry Morning Meet the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Honourable Winston Chitando and his Deputy Honourable Polite Kambamura event.
“The Core of this event is designed for the Minister to meet stakeholders, that is the artisanal and small scale miners, large scale miners and service providers where the morning meeting will feature the Minister as a key speaker and give stakeholders an insight into the Mining Vision and future plans.
“Attendees will also have the ability to submit questions to the Minister via The Programs coordinator for the questions and answer (Q & A) segment,” the invitation read.
ZMF will host a closed door meeting on the second t day where Rushwaya’s fate is likely to be sealed.
The letter further stated that the small sector was aiming at producing 40 tonnes of gold by end of year.
“The country has set itself of producing 40 tonnes by the end of 2020.
“There are a lot of challenges that have hindered meeting that target. The artisanal and small scale miners have issues and concerns that need to be addressed. The Meet the Minister Event is the opportune time for the miners to interact and personally meet The Minister to forge questions.
“The government acknowledges that the ASM sector has long been disenfranchised due to stigmisation of their operations hence the need to align them to the mainstream economy,” read the invitation letter.