Bulawayo – Gwanda Road Under Artisanal Mining Threat

Just 8km from Gwanda Town towards Bulawayo, omakorokoza are are carving in under the main tarred road creating a human rights and infrastructural risk.

A Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) assessment of the area shows that omakorokoza have begun digging towards under the busy road and parts of the railway line is also being carved under.

Bulawayo – Gwanda Road is a major highway which is part of the Beitbridge – Victoria Falls Highway and it is said to be one of the major busy roads in Zimbabwe. The road is critical for social and economic development of Zimbabwe.

MIHR has alerted the responsible environmental authorities and we call on the responsible authorities to monitor the developments in that area and deploy teams to rehabilitate the environment in order to avert disaster.

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