Chinese, Belarusian miners invade Musangano Lodge

Chinese and Belarusian miners have invaded the internationally recognized Musangano Lodge in the Mutasa district of Manicaland to prospect for gold and other minerals.

Chinese and Belarusian miners have invaded the internationally recognized Musangano Lodge in the Mutasa district of Manicaland to prospect for gold and other minerals.

The property is owned by a German citizen, Birgit Klein Alterkamp, ​​and is protected by the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA).

Alterkamp has since taken Chinese and Belarusian companies Young Tech Engineering (YTE) and Zim Gold Fields (ZGF) respectively to the High Court to prevent them from disrupting their business operations.

The Mutare High Court ruled in their favour, prohibiting YTE and FZS from continuing mining operations.

But FZS and YTE appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, and the case has yet to be heard.

According to Alterkamp, ​​on July 8, 2022, FZS and YTE deployed heavy machinery and began conducting mining activities on properties adjacent to the lodge forcing the owner to file a legal challenge.

Alterkamp was quoted by in local media saying that mining operations have had a negative impact on their hotel business ever since the invasion.

It is believed the two companies have the backing of some top politicians in the ruling party who have used their power to infringe property rights of some businesses for personal gain.

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