Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya commended artisanal and small scale miners to stop slaughtering each other with machetes but rather focus on mining in order for them to surpass their production target.
Rudairo Dickson Mapuranga
Rushwaya urged artisanal miners to seek help and guidance from ZMF executive and the ministry of mines on how to solve disputes and shun carrying machetes around.
” let us use machetes properly, we don’t know a Zimbabwe that has people walking around carrying machetes,” said Rushwaya.
Rushwaya also recommended that artisanal miners should work with different stakeholders in the mining community to curb Mashurugwi’s notorious activities.
“Let us report people who come in our areas carrying machetes,” she said.
Speaking at the same event, Chegutu West Member of Parliament Hon Dexter Nduna also encouraged artisanal and small scale miners to leave the habit of terrorising each other with machetes, instead, they should seek for mutual ways of handling disputes.
‘‘I have three things to tell you, artisanal miners, the first is, desist from using machetes, second, desist from using machetes and the third is, desist from using machetes” said Hon Nduna.
Machetes miners popularly known as Mashurugwi rose to prominence in the Shurugwi area where they are known for using machetes and other alike equipment to rob gold mining holes from other miners who are inferior to them.
The so-called Mashurugwi were also accused of robbing communities they reside in with machetes leading to their unpopularity.