By Business Reporter
ZIMBABWE Miners Federation (ZMF) general council has endorsed the newly elected executive following a special meeting held to clarify on the legality of the previous executive who had argued their term of office would expire in 2019.
On 28 September 2018, the general council held a special meeting organised by chairpersons of the 32 ZMF affiliated associations to ascertain the validity of the executive committee elected into office on 25 April 2015 in the light of clauses 5.3 and 6.6 of the ZMF Constitution.
The resolution to endorse the new executive follows a high court application by Thembinkosi Sibanda, the then Organising Secretary in a bid to stop elections after losing the chairmanship to Makumba Nyenje.
Two other associations, Bubi Miners Association represented by Bubi Association Secretary, S. Ndlovu and Insiza Miners Association represented by Vice Chairperson Hellemu Mhlanga appended their signatures in support of the urgent High Court application made by Sibanda.
Speaking to Mining Index, ZMF General Council Secretary Mr Philemon Mokuele said the ZMF executive has a three year life span, after which the executive ‘automatically retire’ paving way for a new executive to be sworn in.
“The term of office for the previous executive expired on 26 April 2018 after serving a three year term from 2015 to 2018 as stipulated in the federations’ constitution.”
The previous executive argued that they were elected into office in 2016 which will see their tenure expire in 2019.
“Please note that in one of their application paragraphs –they (old executive) lied to court that they had been elected into office in 2016 meaning that their term of office would end in 2019,” read the minutes.
Some of the old executive members include Ishmael Kaguru who served as president, Anakileta Gumbo second vice-president, Monica Vakai third vice-president, Tembinkosi Sibanda as Organising Secretary and Victor Rupende as the Secretary General.
The general council also met to consider measures ZMF ought to take in the light of the Provisional Order of 14 June 2018 in which they resolved to continue with the newly elected executive.
However, during the meeting, Prosper Shumba from Mazowe Miners Association moved a motion that the previous executive given relief order of 18 June 2018 and ‘a vote of no confidence.’
“This was seconded by Irvine Chinyenze from Gold Miners Association. The General Council unanimously agreed to this decision and resolved that with immediate effect, that executive led by Mr Ishmael Kaguru including Thembinkosi Sibanda be dissolved.”
This led to the General Council exercising their powers to pass a vote of no confidence in terms of section 5.4.7 of the Constitution.
“That the executive elected into office 2015 be passed a vote of no confidence with immediate effect.”
“That the executive elected into office on 14 June 2018 act on interim basis in the event that the Deputy Sheriff serves to effect the relief order.”
“That the current Executive continues their mandate until otherwise served,” read part of the minutes.
Members present in the meeting emphasised and noted the General Council should be the Supreme Miners Body.
In accordance to section 11.4 of the federation’s constitution, the new executive was duly elected on 14 June 2018 in the presence of the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Mr. Munesu Munodawafa and legal officer in the minister’s office Mrs Muchinguri.
Shangani Gold Miners’ Association executive member, Henrietta Rushwaya was appointed at the helm of the executive as president.
She is deputised by Marufu Sithole, Engineer T. Murove and Blessing Hungwe elected as first, second and third vice presidents respectively.
Morgan Mugawu was duly appointed Secretary General while Lindiwe Mpofu was seconded as Vice Secretary General.
Mr Marangwanda is now the Organising Secretary; Moses Marufu comes in as Secretary for the Disabled while Darlington Ndlovu has taken over as Secretary for Youth Affairs.
Founded in 2003, ZMF is the umbrella board representing small-scale miners, whose membership now accounts for more than half of Zimbabwe’s gold, chrome and other special stones.
Latest statistics from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) reveal that small scale gold miners accounted for 65 percent of gold deliveries at Fidelity Printers and Refineries (FPR) in 2018. ENDS//