The Chinese investor constructing a five star hotel on a wetland between Belvedere and the National Sports Stadium is defying orders to halt operations and regularise the development, Parliament heard on Wednesday. Environmental Management Agency (EMA) director, Mr Aaron Chigona, said they had written twice to the Chinese investor to stop construction. Mr Chigona
was presenting oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
“We ordered them to stop construction and carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). First to issue the order was our inspector and they did not comply. Next to issue the same order was the EMA director general and they are yet to comply again,” he added.
He said EMA had given the investor two weeks to comply, after which it would be approaching Environment and Natural Resources Minister Francis Nhema to intervene.
“If they do not comply within the next two weeks when the window period lapses, the Minister will then issue the final notice or simply ban the hotel construction,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) brought the Chinese investor, who is building a 300-room hotel on a wetland in contravention of the Environmental Management Act, which bars development on such areas. – New Ziana.