A SHURUGWI-BASED community pressure group led by Tendaziso Dzoriwa has vowed to press on with its demonstration against Unki Mine over allegations of segregation.
The group accuses Unki management of importing unskilled labour to work at its Shurugwi platinum mines while locals remain unemployed. The group’s lawyers have now written to the police notifying them of the intended demonstration.
“Our instructions are that our client intends to hold a peaceful demonstration against the management of Unki Platinum Mine. They have a petition containing their concerns which they intend to present to the management,” wrote lawyer Valentine Mutatu.
According to Mutatu, the demonstration is set for January 30 if mine management refuses to address the group’s concerns.
An initial attempt to demonstrate against the company on January 6 failed after the Zanu PF-aligned pressure group’s leaders did not turn up.
At a Press conference in Gweru earlier this year, Unki general manager Walter Nemasasi dismissed the community group as unofficial saying his company only dealt with a “properly constituted community engagement forum” comprising three chiefs and other area representatives.