The government has urged unlicensed gold miners in Makaha area of Mudzi to regularise their operations so that they contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

With over 5000 people engaged in unlicensed mining in the area, Mashonaland East Minister of State, Cde Apollonia Munzverengwi and Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Polite Kambamura met the miners to find a lasting solution to the illegal mining activities and urged them to regularise their operations and stop running battles with law enforcement agencies.

“We consider Makaha as our biggest contributor to the province‚Äôs GDP under devolution, so we want to normalise your operations and sell your gold to Fidelity Printers and Refiners ,” said Cde Munzverengwi.

“As the government, we appreciate the role miners play in the country’s development, so we urge you to be licensed by our ministry,” said Cde Kambamura.

Mudzi South legislator, Cde Jonathan Samkange said conflicts between the miners and law enforcement agencies have to stop to allow proper mining.

“The running battles between our people and police are not good for development, which is why we need to find a lasting solution,” he said.

The meeting was also attended by the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) and Mudzi South Small-Scale Miners Association (MSSMA), among others.

Makaha area has some of the biggest gold deposits in Mashonaland East Province.