Chief : Mugabe doing great things, Zimbabwe doomed without him
GWANDA: Chief Dennis Nhlamba in Gwanda South has heaped praises on President Robert Mugabe saying Zimbabwe is doomed without his leadership.
Chief Nhlamba of Gwaranyemba area was speaking at the commissioning of a Stamp Mill at the Mthandazo Women’s Gold Service Centre in Collen Bawn outside Gwanda town last week. The event ran concurrently with the belated celebrations for International Rural Women’s Day and Family Day.
Addressing guests, the chief praised Mugabe for empowering Zimbabweans with various projects.
“Bakithi UGushungo usenzela kahle sibili, angazi ukuthi sizoba yini engasitshiya. Lizwile lestampa besisenza umsindo othi Gushu! Gushu!” (Gushungo has done great things for us, I don’t know what shall become of us when he is gone, even the stamp mill echoed his name when turned on, saying Gushu! Gushu!),” said the Chief.
Chief Nhlamba also took the opportunity to demand mining claims for Chiefs saying the traditional leaders also deserved to be empowered.
“We are glad that we have commissioned the Stamp Mill for Women but I don’t have a mining claim and as Chiefs we are asking for claims so we can empower ourselves,” he said.
In a speech read on his behalf by Rural Affairs Minister, Abedinico Ncube, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko bemoaned the exclusion of women in mining activities saying it was high time the environment should be made conducive for them to enter into formal mining.
“It’s also disheartening to note that 95 percent of women in gold mining are in the small scale sector, with 55 percent of them being illegal gold panners. This gloomy picture calls for concerted effort to be directed towards creating a conducive environment that encourages women to venture into formal large scale mining,” said Mphoko.