Evicted Acturus Mine families who have been staying in the open got a new lease of life after a negotiated settlement between TN Gold and aspiring Goromonzi North legislator Cde Ozias Bvute.

It was joyous moment for the more than 50 families who were recently evicted from their homes by TN Gold and have been staying in a tent provided by well wishers after Cde Bvute announced a deal he struck with the new mine owner for them to return to their homes.

“I met with the mine owners and negotiated for you to return to your homes,” said Cde Bvute.

Mine representative Mr Aaron Muduwiwa said they will start compiling a list of people to get lease agreements and urged these families to comply.

“We expect those who would have been given these leases to comply with the lease agreements and ensure the houses are kept in good shape,” Mr Muduwiwa said.

The affected families included those of former mine workers and retirees who have been staying at the mine from the time it was under Metallon Gold before it was sold to the new owners.

Cde Bvute also donated foodstuffs to the affected families including mealie meal, cooking oil and chicken.