Lets empower the people of Zimbabwe and allow them to trade in gold and diamond. I have travelled throughout Zimbabwe, and some of my family members are geologists and miners.I have seen some of them either buying from small-scale miners or simply delivering their minerals to Fidelity Printers.Statistically the small to medium miners are the biggest contributor fidelity. I remembered stopping at a drinking place in Kadoma only to be told that all the beers had been bought by small-scale miners (Makorokoza) who locked the fridge and took away the key.
Seeing a hive of activity at some growth point, I asked where the money was coming from and I was told that gold was “everywhere.” With this in mind, why can’t our Government adopt the use of gold as a means of barter trade and repeal the old colonial law that stopped citizens from trading in gold and other precious minerals?
What I am simply proposing to our Government and the RBZ Governor is to change the mineral laws and fully empower our people by allowing our citizens to trade in gold, diamonds, and other minerals.
Zimbabwe is one of the richest countries on earth with respect to untapped natural resources per person. The mineral exploration of a nation with one of the world’s largest diamond reserves, second largest platinum reserves and over 40 exploitable minerals this has the potential to turn Zimbabwe into the jewel of Africa again.
I do not live in hope but believe that Zimbabwe will be the best country on earth in five, yes five years time if this government adopt this proposal.
Engineer Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi
Chairman of the ICT Divison of Zimbabwe Institution Engineers (ZIE), Member of the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ), Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Member of Institute of Directors (IOD)