- November 10, 2019
- Posted in LOCAL
There was a near-death experience for illegal miners at Jumbo mine in Mazowe yesterday after a
gang of six machete-wielding thugs, known as Mashurugwi threatened to go on a rampage before
being whisked away by the police.
The police had to re gunshots as the gang fought violently to save their lives while the other miners
The six, believed to be part of a terrorising gang of illegal miners in the gold-rich area, had “captured”
some open pits and illegally entered into the mine after threatening to kill other bewildered miners.
263Chat, which was at the scene when the incident unfolded, witnessed the melee as police struggled
to bring the situation to a halt.
One of the arresting police officers told this publication that the six were in the habit of confiscating
gold ore from other miners and forcibly invade their pits and in the event of refusal, they would
attack their victims with machetes and other sharp objects.
“We carried out an operation which nabbed six thugs who had gone underground unsanctioned.
They forced their way in and we got a tip-o so we waited for them to come out and we took them in,
“However, true to their violent nature, they resisted arrests and were becoming violent while the
angry mob was baying for their blood. We had to re warning shots to disperse the crowd otherwise
it would have been a lot worse,” said the other on condition of anonymity.
The group, which is part of a gang that is causing untold suffering and fear among the people in
Mazowe is said to be politically connected and they often boast that they can do whatever they want
as they will not be arrested.
One of the illegal miners in Mazowe told 263Chat that they live in fear of being attacked by the
Mashurugwi gang and were no longer able to move freely.
“Every night, they come and terrorize us, they tell us that they own these pits and their bosses
instruct them to do as they please. They carry machetes and sharp objects all the time and for us,
moving at night has become a nightmare because if they see you, they will attack you,” said the
miner, Munyaradzi Mandove.
Another source said the menacing gang resides in Bindura where they stay with sex workers in
taverns and terrorise unsuspecting residents in the high-density suburbs of the small mining town.
He said the gang is connected to police and they pay bribes in order to evade arrests in the event that
they are caught.
“We don’t know when they will pounce next, we live in fear and the police is not helping because they
aid these criminal activities,” said the source, identified as Uncle Diva.
During the recently held Mining Federation conference in Gweru this week, President Emmerson
Mnangagwa said he was alarmed when he read about the violence unleashed by the panners in the
“We don’t want this (acts of violence), anyone found in possession of these dangerous weapons must
be arrested and sent to jail,” said Mnangagwa_263 Chat