- January 16, 2020
- Posted in LOCAL
The Police have released a statement outlining that they arrested 907 at Jumbo and Mazoe river for conducting illegal mining.
The accused persons are being charged for criminal trespass, illegal possession of gold/gold ore, possession of harmful liquids/drugs and other offenses. A total of 18 vehicles were impounded while various mining equipment, an assortment of drugs and explosives were recovered.
Speaking on their twitter page the Police said below:-
A total of 907 people were arrested on 14/1/20 at Shamva, Jumbo Mine and Mazowe river in the ongoing operation against illegal mining activities. The accused persons are being charged for criminal trespass, illegal possession of gold/gold ore, possession of harmful liquids/drugs
— Zimbabwe Republic Police (@PoliceZimbabwe) January 15, 2020
Police were called in and managed to arrest all the 4 accused persons who are now in custody and will appear in court soon. 2 logs and an axe were recovered. @ZiFMStereo @NhauRadio @classic263 @NyamiNyamiFM @HMetro_ @StarFMNews @powerfmzimbabwe
— Zimbabwe Republic Police (@PoliceZimbabwe) January 13, 2020
Zimbabwe is in the processing of combating illegal mining activities which has seen the rise of Machete-wielding criminals who masquerade as small-scale miners. The criminal network targets well-performing small-scale mines, rob miners of gold and gold ore thwart any resistance by using machetes.
The Police operation has seen the arrests of over 1500 illegal miners and machete gangs country-wide.