By Lloyd Takawira
One person died while another one was left for dead when a gang of more than 50 machete wielding gold panners went on a rampage attacking other miners in Inyati Bubi district Matebeleland North Province.
Artisanal miners who go by the moniker “amaShurugwi/ mashurugwi”, who have been known for unleashing acts of violence mining communities throughout the country have been associated with the incident.
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Republic Police confirmed the disturbances.
“Fifty artisanal miners armed with machetes and axes went on a rampage, attacking other miners. Two male adults were severely assaulted and they sustained serious injuries. One of them resultantly died upon admission to Inyathi Hospital. The accused person, who influenced other gold panners of his heinous deed, is still at large,” ZRP said in a statement.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said investigations into the alleged murder and violence in Inyathi have been launched.
“We have made arrests; people have appeared in court and we are aware that there are areas where people have reported the so-called gold rush which is causing chaos and disputes. Members of the public should report incidents where the so-called gold rush is taking place so that appropriate and swift action can be taken before people engage in acts of violence,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
Asst Comm Nyathi said they have partnered with the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to fight against escalating illegal gold panning wars that have claimed lives across the country.
“We also appeal to mining companies that where some mines have been decommissioned, security measures have to be put in place to curtail chances of people coming in to try to get