Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
THE ruling Zanu-PF party has bought state-of-the-art mining Gold Carbon-in-pulp (gold CIP) equipment worth about $2,8 million to improve gold returns in mining operations run by youths in all the provinces.
Addressing an extraordinary Zanu-PF Midlands Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting over the weekend, the party’s secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi said in support of coordinated mining activities, each province was going to get gold CIP equipment.
Cde Togarepi, who is also a Politburo member, said it was high time that the youths took economic enablers like mining and farming seriously for their own benefit and that of the country at large.
“As Youth League, we have a lot of programmes for our youths. These economic enablers are aimed at working hand in glove with the Cde Mnangagwa-led Government, which is putting in place mechanism to grow this economy. As such, we are supporting youths in mining with hummer mills and we have bought 10 gold CIP equipment at a cost of $2,8 million,” he said.
“A miner who uses gold CIP technology gets more than 70 percent of gold than the one who doesn’t. The machines for all provinces are ready for collection. We got these machines through the assistance of Cde Mnangagwa.”
Turning to agriculture, Cde Togarepi said youths in all the districts were going to have access to 10 hectares of land, which will go towards setting up of agriculture incubation hubs.
He said they were just waiting for the implementation of the programme since all the paper work was done.
“We are going to have 10ha per district that is going to go towards setting up of an incubation hub. We are just waiting for implementation.
“We are also waiting for tractors from Belarus, and with President Mnangagwa leading us, all things are possible. Our youths are being empowered,” said Cde Togarepi.
With regards to the Empower Bank, Cde Togarepi said it was disheartening that youths were not utilising the bank aimed at uplifting them socially and economically.
“As Zanu- PF we have a new proposal were we want our MP’s or shadow MP to work with the youths as individuals or syndicates and come up with project to be funded by the Empower Bank,” he said.