Claims ceded to government by the country’s giant ferro chrome producer ZIMASCO have been exploited and are of little benefit to the locals who are supposed to benefit from the initiative.

This was revealed by Midlands Minister of State Cde Jason Machaya during a recently held Zanu PF Midlands provincial coordinating meeting held at the party’s Convention Centre in Gweru.

Cde Machaya has expressed displeasure with the actions  of ZIMASCO for ceding exhausted and inaccessible claims to government while it retained what he termed profitable chrome claims.

Cde Machaya said the province has halted the entire processes of allocating the claims and they are going back to the drawing board to ensure due process is conducted.

Sentiments from the audience highlighted once the claims issue is finally resolved, allocation should take a deliberate direction to prioritise those coming from the province.

Questions were also raised on why the department of mines was taking ages to deal with mining disputes.

Provincial mining director Malcom Mazemo said his ministry is committed to expediently resolve such matters as they have an impact on derailing revenue generation.

ZIMASCO and Zim Alloys the country’s two ferro chrome giants ceded about 36 000 hectares of chrome fields after a government directive.