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Hwange Residents Petition Parliament Over Underground Fires

Hwange Residents Petition Parliament Over Underground Fires

Residents of Hwange have petitioned Parliament to investigate the source and threat of underground fires that have become a hazard to local communities.

The fires are affecting Makwika, Number 2 and Number 5, both administered by Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL).

The road connecting Makwika and Madumabisa villages to the town has been closed after it was damaged by the underground fires.

The Greater Whange Residents Trust (GWRT) has written a petition to Parliament seeking its intervention in combating the fires.

The petition was delivered to Parliament on Tuesday, in terms of Section 149 (Right to Petition Parliament) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. It reads in part:

Over the years underground fires have been spewing ash and smoke causing sinkholes that are consuming and damaging the road network and the road that links Makwika Village with Madumabisa Village has since been closed to both pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

The fires are increasing and there are several reported cases of residents and livestock being burnt.

The community is now living in fear and is concerned that the underground fires could spread to residential areas if urgent measures are not taken to mitigate the impact.

The residents want Parliament to investigate the cause of the fires and what mining companies have done to deal with the problem. Reads the petition:

Wherefore petitioners humbly pray that the Parliament of Zimbabwe exercises its constitutional mandate to inquire into the nature and extent of the threat posed to residents, livestock and wildlife in Hwange due to the fires aforementioned.

Parliament should inquire into the cause of the underground fires, and how they can be dealt with, investigate what mining companies have done to deal with underground fires and the extent to which coal mining companies are adhering to sustainable mining that does not pose danger to the community.

In 2021, eight-year-old girl Alisha Sekina Muzvite of Makwika Village (Number 3) suffered serious burns from an underground fire after she fell into a pit while relieving herself at an old dumpsite.

Alisha suffered third-degree burns and was eventually ferried to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo where she succumbed to her injuries.

Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) hired an international consultant, Group DMT, to investigate the cause of underground fires but the findings of the inquiry have not been made public.

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23 Comments

Tkt 3ย weeks ago

@King Of Serpents... You must be right bcoz moto uchauya zvedi


ZANU-PF OFFICIAL 3ย weeks ago

This is caused by war in Ukraine.that's what we were told by our president at the press conference.


The King of Serpents 3ย weeks ago

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Tintin 3ย weeks ago

I only read pindula 4 the comments ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ hayas


The King of Serpents 3ย weeks ago

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚me too, sometimes I just read the headline and dive straight to the comments.If I'm stressed out, I'll end up in tears with laughter after reading some of the comments here.

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mwenewazvo 3ย weeks ago

chero zvakanzi pindula ndeye mahara amwe macomment haaite,fananidzo dzacho dzakadhakwa


Nzou 3ย weeks ago

Makaitei ne400 vakafira pasi mugore ra1972 makangosiya zvakadaro henyu


mr carter 3ย weeks ago

vadzimu varikubhema mbanje pasi apo


Nixon 3ย weeks ago

Bhoo here kkk

,๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ฎ 3ย weeks ago

๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐—น๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ . ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ.


๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ 3ย weeks ago

ZACC GET them


๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 3ย weeks ago

So what happened to that International Company Hired and paid for Was?๐Ÿค”


Asalif 3ย weeks ago

They are sticking to extort Harare residents their hard earned money nemabin leaving where real solutions are needed if they have the people at heart they should have Hwange authorities to have a solution by now


Saint 3ย weeks ago

@The king of Sepents,your name seduces the devil ,you need Jesus


The King of Serpents 3ย weeks ago

@Saint.. I take full responsibility for my "offence" YOUR HONOUR. Please be lenient in my sentencing for I am a first offender.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿคง

๐Ÿคท 3ย weeks ago

they is nothing spiritual there,how does geological problems link with that.Thus a geological problem.
๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท


The King of Serpents 3ย weeks ago

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Pleaaaaseee don't take it seriously. I'm just being satirical.
But anyway, the current government won't do anything about it, even if they have ****loads of money (and they have ****loads of money)

The King of Serpents 3ย weeks ago

The doors of hell are opening in Hwange. They'll only close after the current ruling demonic government is vanquished through elections in 2023.


Tintin 3ย weeks ago

the ****est comment ever but the funniest non the less ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

bu****obrown 3ย weeks ago

dude seriously

Imwe Mbeu 3ย weeks ago

Dude ๐Ÿ™„


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