By ZBC Reporter
The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has clinched a 20 million United States dollar deal for mining and agriculture equipment.
Speaking at the launch of the Affirmative Action Group Mashonaland West chapter in Chinhoyi this Wednesday, AAG President Mike Chimombe revealed that as part of the pressure group’s empowerment drive, it has secured equipment worth 20 million United States dollars from Chinese firm, Lovol International.
The equipment will be distributed to members and other citizens on a hire purchase basis over a three year period.
We have secured 20 million dollars for mining and agriculture equipment. It’s part of our empowerment drive, he said.
The group’s Mashonaland West Chapter Chairman Tapiwa Chikondowa spoke on the need to capacitate artisanal miners with more land.
Hon Minister, we have problems with big mines that hold on to large tracts of mining land and blocks for speculative purposes…artisanal miners require more land,said Chikondowa.
Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Honourable Mary Mliswa rallied the AAG to be a vehicle for economic development and growth.
We open doors to you in terms of tenders but it’s up to you to create relationships and build confidence among those you will be dealing with. Be a vehicle for development, she said.
Among those who attended launch was musician Selmor Mtukudzi and her husband Tendai Manatsa and other new AAG members.
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