By Tafadzwa Mutsotso
More than 400 hectares of land in Harare province has been destroyed as a result of the increased activities of sand and quarry poachers, an official said.
Harare Metropolitan Province provincial development coordinator Tafadzwa Muguti advised sand and quarry miners to register with local authority boards to ensure accountability.
In a statement, Muguti said the province had noted with concern the increased activities of illegal sand and quarry miners.
“The office of the Provincial Development Coordinator would like to inform the public that it is crime to poach sand and quarry,” he said.” “Anyone found mining sand and quarry illegally will be arrested, whilst their vehicles and equipment will be impounded and all local authorities have been encouraged to charge hefty charges.
“Meanwhile a total area of about 445 hectares has been affected in Harare let alone Ruwa, Chitungwiza and Epworth.”
Muguti urged the public to report any suspected illegal sand and quarry mining activities to police.
Muguti said the activities of illegal miners had negative impact on the environment.
“ The illegal activities by unregistered operators at various unregistered sites have caused serious land degradation, injuries to people mostly children and siltation of water sources around Harare,” said Muguti.