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Chief Jahana Confronts ED Over Fort Rixon Mining Claims 

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Pres ED Mnangagwa
By Tendai Mukaro
Chief Jahana of Shangani has confronted President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the issuance mining exploration rights of Lithium in his area of jurisdiction; Fort Rixon without his consent.
In a letter to the President, Chief Jahana accused President Mnangagwa for not adhering to protocol and procedures followed when issuing mining EPOS.
“In your 24th November 2017 acceptance speech as President Of Second Republic, you condemned dubious issuance of :mining EPOS, National Strategic business permit license to foreigners, 99 year Farm leases to foreigners,” Chief Jahana wrote.
“Without following due diligence and processes which include the grassroots consultation, background check of beneficiaries and national security vetting.
“We want to make it very clear that we as chiefs including our subjects were not consulted directly or indirectly because your ministry of mines did not bother to consult us which is a sign of failure to the foundation of the new dispensation mantra -Servant leadership”.
Chief Jahana accused President Mnangagwa for betraying rather than defending his own people.
“It’s exactly forty-two months after you promised not to mortgage future of Zimbabweans but the situation in my area proves you otherwise,” he said.
Chief Jahana said the future of his people had been mortgaged without his consent, knowledge and benefit as the  company operating in the area was not employing local people.
“As Chiefs we found that the future of our subjects and Matebeleland at large has been mortgaged without our and their consent, knowledge and with them not benefiting since the company involved has it’s labour force outside Insiza district and Matebeleland,” he said.
Chief Jahana likened his situation with the  Chilonga Lucerne issue which made headlines some few months ago.
He said he was aware of the President’s powers but was strongly against the abuse of power.
Chief Jahana said he was concerned about his safety and he claimed his predecessor the late Chief Maduna was victimised for raising the same concerns.
Chief Jahana said the late Chief Maduna from the moment he wrote a similar letter till death he was intimidated by unknown people who were using unregistered vehicles.
Robert Tapfumaneyi

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