Zim a treasure trove: First Lady• ‘Westerners hid exploration maps’ • ‘God now revealing hidden wealth’

First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe

First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Western mining experts hid exploration maps on Zimbabwe’s mineral resource base during the colonial era, but the country is slowly discovering its worth in terms of underground wealth, First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has said.

It is believed that the whites undertook massive exploration works in Zimbabwe before independence, but never made public their findings. The move was deliberate to ensure that after independence, the new State would not know its value in terms of minerals. Addressing investors of African origin based in the United Kingdom at her Mazowe Children’s Home on Tuesday, Dr Mugabe said Zimbabwe was endowed with vast resources and God was already revealing some of the hidden wealth.

“You can actually mention any of the minerals Zimbabwe has that mineral. Even some people believe that we have oil somewhere. Yes some people know. Our erstwhile colonisers had maps and they hid some of the information from us but we are getting to know bit by bit. God is revealing that this is yours use it,” she said.

In furtherance of the quest to establish the country’s worth in terms of mineral value, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa in his 2015 National Budget presentation said Government had proposed to set aside $3 million towards exploration activities. Minister Chinamasa said Government had already acknowledged the need to set up of an exploration firm because the country was not fully knowledgeable about the extent of the value of its mineral resource base.

He said this inevitably resulted in poorly negotiated contracts, potentially prejudicing the benefits accruing to the State and its citizens. As such the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development resolved to set up the Minerals Exploration Promotion Corporation to solely deal with exploration activities.

Apart from the vast mineral resources, Dr Mugabe said after independence President Mugabe resolved that political freedom was not enough without economic control. Dr Mugabe said the President pioneered empowerment programmes for the nation. As part of the empowerment drive, President Mugabe championed programmes such as the Land Reform Programme and indigenisation that had empowered the previously marginalised black majority.

“We of course went to war, fought the struggle, won it but our President went further to say that yes we fought for independence but independence alone is not enough. When we went out to the struggle we slept in the bush, we were being bitten by mosquitoes and lots of lives were lost. They were not lost just to say we are free, freedom alone is not enough unless we have economic freedom.”

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  • Gushungo WekuGP

    Dr Mugabe, really? By what authority and function was she being interviewed about minerals?

  • Judas Iscariot

    I would be embarrassed to call our country a treasure trove,considering the fragile state of our economy. Why then are we asking for handouts from the UN and our sworn enemies like the West? I guess it speaks volumes about the people who are in charge of this treasure trove.

    • NUTTY DREADLOCK

      treasure trove of blissful poverty and economic decadence a house of hunger awaiting the coming of the dry season and a harvest of thornes

  • NUTTY DREADLOCK

    EXACTLY IF YOU KNOW MAPS WERE HIDDEN THEN WHY NOT DO YOUR OWN PROSPECTING AND DISCOVER MINERAL WEALTH YENYU. PLIZZ PLIZZ dont use Gods name muzvinhu zvisina basa to mock God and say he is revealing our material wealth when we all know God is not about silver but about spiritual upliftment this is so wrong

  • NUTTY DREADLOCK

    and safe haven for chinese YAKUZA

  • Gamba ReManyika

    She is right! Zimbabwe has so much mineral wealth in her belly. What we don’t know is what the $3 million allocated for exploration was used for. For a start, why don’t they give it to me for a copy of this book in my possession:
    A Geological Survey of Southern Rhodesia (1969) By Rio Tinto (and the Gerardus Mercator Trust)? I got it from somewhere when I was still a “terrorist” during the war of liberation. Kkkkkkkkkkk.

  • NUTTY DREADLOCK

    WAT DO YOUI EXPECT FROM PEOPLE WHO BELEIVE THAT PROCESSED FUEL IS COMING OUT OF A ROCK

  • NUTTY DREADLOCK

    KO I MOUTHPIECE KA RASTA

  • DarkChild

    Constant failure to leverage on the country’s wealth over 37 years of uninterrupted rule is testament to this government’s and RGM’s incompetence. So much that corruption and mismanagement has become a natural phenomenon of the country’s governance structures at all levels. I’d say please keep those exploration maps secret and hidden until such a time we have a genuine government. We cannot afford to loose another US$15 Billion to such corruption! His legacy for all to see, ladies and gentlemen!

  • Mutongi Gava

    The colonial mineral explorers hid maps but some corrupt Zimbabweans are hiding $15 bn worth of diamonds.Judge for yourself who is more evil.

    • NUTTY DREADLOCK

      obvious the bhidha okes

  • chimadena

    she fought in the war , and if she bought a rollsroycehow long did she take to take it from the atms lol

  • CentralScrutinizer

    Where to start? The suggestion that we are utterly useless and cannot find these minerals for ourselves? Or maybe some of the minerals are not worth extracting without a serious cost to the environment which is why they have been left in the ground? Or that God is cooperating with Zanu PF to allow further plunder of the country’s resources? Or that we can trust this Rolls Royce owning individual in any shape or form to share these resources!!!!! Zimbabwe certainly has an abundance or riches in it’s hardworking, resourceful and honest people, incredible natural beauty of the country itself which makes it a potential tourist paradise and abundant minerals in the ground. But there is no doubt that we are lacking decent, principled leaders. Instead it’s lie, lie, lie while they steal, steal, steal.

  • Mining Guru Magnate

    Famous Arabic writer “Whattad Ummk Unt” would totally agree with Dr Amai Professor’s assertions

    Bring back the maps I say, and solve our mining problems, with these maps in hand the investors will come flocking from all corners of the globe

    Viva maps ‘n’ stuff