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Zanu PF fights over gold mine

The mine is controlled by youth league official Keen Gatsi who confirmed senior party officials in the region were keen to take it over.

The hired youths who were driven to the mine by Sindisiwe Mpofu in a party vehicle, fought running battles with those occupying the lucrative mine.

The youths benefited from the money from the indigenisation programme but Dakamela and Chiponda, according to party insiders are working tirelessly to evict the youth league members from the mine.

“Dakamela has publicly declared that he is interested in taking over the mine,” said a source. “But as youths we will resist the illegal takeover because the mine was registered under the Mines Ministry last year. They can’t use their political muscle to grab the mine.”

The source, a Zanu PF insider, told the Zimbabwe Independent that Dakamela, who was once suspended from the party in 2010 over alleged corruption, hired youths from a district coordinating committee to unleash a reign of terror on those at the Matopo mine.

“The fight over the mine has sowed fresh divisions between the provincial executive and the youth league,” said the source.

Strenuous efforts to speak to Chiponda proved fruitless.

Zanu PF Bulawayo youth chairman Butholezwe Gatsi confirmed the clashes over the gold mine, but declined to discuss the matter further.

Youths in Bulawayo have on several attempts tried to oust Dakamela for his alleged link to white businessmen and scuttling the indigenisation programme. Dakamela argued that the indigenisation exercise should be implemented in line with the statutes while on the other hand youths were on the rampage grabbing buildings in the city centre.

On Wednesday, Dakamela declined he was wrestling a mine from a group of youth league officials, insisting his colleagues were just out to soil his name. He also said Chiponda was not interested in the gold property.

“I have never hired youths to fight on my behalf. And I am not interested in the mine. It’s a lie,” he insisted.

But the youths maintained Dakamela and Chiponda were determined to eject them from the lucrative business.

The indigenisation policy has generated chaotic scenes in Bulawayo over the past year with Zanu PF members grabbing properties belonging to Indian and white businesspeople.

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