chinamasa_mawere.jpg The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy has recommended for mediation between the government and Mr. Mutumwa Mawere in a bid to have a lasting solution to the Shabanie Mashava Mines wrangle.

Presenting a report on the state of affairs at SMM, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, Cde Edward Chindori-Chininga called for a speedy solution to the asbestos giant wrangle for the benefit of thousands of families in the mines who are owed millions of dollars in unpaid wages.

“The Committee would like to see the speedy recovery of the two mines. The Committee encourages the government and Mr Mawere to enter into dialogue, negotiate and develop a win win lasting solution that will allow the resuscitation of the two mines and allow a window of opportunity for investors to inject developmental capital into the two mines,” said Cde Chindori-Chininga.

Cde Chindori-Chininga said there is a need to revise the reconstruction of The State-indebted and Insolvent Companies Act, saying the SMM experience has proved that the law infringes on other laws such as The Prevention of Corruption Act.

Cde Chindori-Chininga said the committee recommends for the probe of Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa and the SMM Administrator, Mr. Arafas Gwaradzimba for contravening the provisions of the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act.

“The Speaker should make a ruling on the actions of Mr. Gwaradzimba the Administrator for SMMH and Cde Chinamasa, the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs who contravened the provisions of the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act,” added Cde Chindori-Chininga in his report.

Mr. Mutumwa Mawere lost Shabanie and Mashava Mine after he was specified owing to charges of externalisation.

He was later de-specified after investigators cleared him of any wrong doing.