Competition is rife in mine compounds around kwekwe to construct pole and mud huts. People are indiscriminately cutting down trees in such a way that in years to come Kwekwe might be a desert.
Our reporter was shocked to see that 95% of huts were constructed using pole and mud when he visited a milling plant about 3km out of Kwekwe CBD popularly known as Daisy Millers. Surprisingly, there were three newly built huts with fresh poles indicating the settlement is expanding by the day; these huts come in different designs displaying a sort of competition to outdo each other in the compound. What boggles the mind is that in this millennium age people still use Stone Age methods of settlements. In these huts there is electricity, one could see big TV sets and kids watching, which is a disaster in waiting if at all there is an electrical fault.
When our reporter went further to ask for the owner of the mills he was told he is a black indigenous who is doing well in business. It is also on record that he builds stamp mills at this site and markets them in town confirming reports that he is doing well but apparently doing nothing for his employees’ houses.
All around Kwekwe one can see trucks transporting long fresh poles on a daily basis.On asking, we were told they use them to construct platforms in the mines. During winter selling firewood was a money spinner; truckloads of firewood would be seen entering suburbs in the evening to avoid roadblocks during day.
Efforts to get the authorities Environment Management Authority (EMA) for a comment were unsuccessful.
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