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Unki Mine Discharges Pollution Into Mutevekwi River

Unki Mine Discharges Pollution Into Mutevekwi River

Villagers in Shurugwi have accused Unki Mine of polluting the Mutevekwi River, making the water unsuitable for domestic use or for livestock.

Villagers who spoke to The Mirror said the most affected areas are Gutsaruzhinji, Chironde, Adare Farm and Dzikamidzi.

Environmental Management Authority (EMA) District Officer, Severino Kangara, confirmed the complaints and said the turbidity (suspended material) in Mutevekwi River was too high.

He said EMA has ordered Unki to control the discharge from its operations. Said Kangara:

The water in the river is milky which is a sign that suspended solids which should settle before discharge are too high.

The discharge should be within permissive standards but as it is its turbidity is high. We have ordered Unki to control such discharge.

It is suspected that pollution is coming from the mine’s slime dam (dam used to store byproducts of mining operations after separating the ore from the gangue).

Tamuka Ncube from Chironde Growth Point told The Mirror that water from the Mutevekwi River is no longer suitable for laundry, bathing, irrigation or for cattle to drink. He said:

Water from Mutevekwi is no longer suitable for laundry, bathing, irrigation or drinking.

We don’t know what will happen to our cattle if they drink this water so everyone is keeping their domestic animals from Mutevekwi River.

Villagers who have bathed with water from the river have suffered skin irritations.

We appeal to EMA, Tongogara RDC and the District Development Co-ordinator to intervene as a matter of urgency.

Tongogara Rural District Council (RDC) vice-chairman Golden Kapeta said samples of water from the river have since been sent to laboratories for tests. Said Kapeta:

We heard the complaints and we are acting to assist the affected communities. Samples are being taken today for analysis and Unki Mine has been engaged as well.

More: The Mirror

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Rwadzi Gunsmoke 7 months ago

Heavy Fine Ku Unki Mine pliz EMA itai graft apa koz its dangerous kuita dspose muRIVER waisa human n domestics animals paDanger

Al-haj Kane 7 months ago

Imi ve Ema itai ma serious........ Take take ne Unki muchitadza kugadzirisa ma related issues caused by the Chinese mining companies...... Anyway batai basa

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