- January 8, 2020
- Posted in LOCAL
MP charged for prospection without a license
MP Charged for criminal abuse of office
Remanded to January 21
Accused MP in contravention of the Mines and Minerals Act
Chegutu Member of Parliament and Zanu PF legislator Dexter Nduna, the party’s Mashonaland West provincial youth chairman Vengai Musengi and Police acting officer commanding Chegutu District Superintendent Wonder Chisikwa have been arraigned before the courts for illegal mining.
The accused allegedly illegally extracted gold ore at the David Whitehead waste deposit site in Chegutu, a day before a machete gang’ leader Taurai Mutandwa was shot dead by police.
Chegutu Rural District Council chairman Tatenda Gwinji was also named among officials who illegally extracted the gold ore.
Nduna, Musengi, Chisikwa and Gwinji yesterday appeared at Chegutu Magistrates’ Court facing charges of prospecting for gold without a license.
Musengi, Chisikwa and Gwinji were jointly charged with Tawanda Marufu and Nyasha Nyikadzino and remanded on their own recognisance out of custody to January 24, when they appeared before Chegutu magistrate Ms Judith Taruvinga.
Nduna and Chisikwa were separately charged for abuse of office and were remanded to January 21.
It is alleged that on November 13 last year, the seven unlawfully and intentionally prospected for mineral ore near David Whitehead without a license, in contravention of the Mines and Minerals Act.
On November 12, Nduna, Chisikwa, Musengi, and Gwinji reportedly met at ZRP Chegutu District Headquarters and hatched a plan to extract gold ore from David Whitehead.
They agreed to look for an excavator to extract the mineral and Gwinji opted to approach Chegutu RDC.
Nduna allegedly decided to hire a JCB excavator from Yellow Metal Tours in Kadoma and paid US$495 through Marufu.
Chisikwa ordered police officers who were guarding the site not to interfere with the excavator before the accused extracted the ore which they loaded into trucks. They were summoned to court on Monday, following police investigations. Prosecutor Tarisai Mutarisi represented the State.
Recently Member of Parliament for Norton Constituency Hon Temba Mliswa accused Nduna, Mashwest Head of Police and unmentioned politicians of being behind the surge of Machete gangs also known by another monicker “MaShurugwi”. President Mnangagwa also tasked Nduna to act on violence in engulfing the ASM leading to speculations the former indirectly accused the latter of being the ower behind violent gangs.