By Nomalanga Makwelo
Artisanal miners in Gwanda are said to be causing harm to the environment and human life as they have began digging towards the roads in the district.
This report comes after complaints of trenches that have been dug and are curving towards the road and some parts of the railway line.
Speaking on the issue Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights Co-ordinator Khumbulani Maphosa condemned this act as it posed dangers to both the environment and human life ,highlighting how curving towards the roads would cause accidents and air pollution.
Maphosa called on the local authorities to ensure monitor developments in that area and make sure that the environment is protected.
“These illegal artisanal have started digging next to roads and railway lines ,posing a great threat to people’s lives who use these roads for travelling.
This disastrous act also comes at a time when the country is seriously considering the maintenance of our public infrastructure which is already dilapidated ,therefore this act creates problems for our infrastructure and road network system”,said Maphosa.
Recently Parliamentary Portfolio Committee of Environment ,Climate and Tourism Reserve Bank Governor John Mangudya said that government was in the process of promulgating a Statutory Instrument which would ensure that all artisanal miners are registered so as to protect the environment.