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Machete gangs a threat to a stable Zimbabwe – ZHRC

by BustopTV

By Lloyd Takawira

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has warned that the country risk a full blow destabilization from illegal artisinial miners .

Recent months Zimbabwe has been plaunged into a chaos with machete-wielding gangs (makorokoza) competing for gold going on a rampage killing , maiming and raping among other heinous crimes .

“The ZHRC unreservedly condemns the callous and unwarranted attack by the unruly and greedy, machete-wielding mob,” the commission said in a statement.

“The law, of course, must take its full course in barbaric instances of this nature.

“The commission condemns all similar, past and present, barbaric and intentional murders with the contempt they deserve and exhort law enforcement agencies to ensure the law takes its full course in such instances,” the statement reads

In November, the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) NGO said 105 people had been killed in the mining town of Kadoma alone in the three months from August to October of 2019, while hundreds of others were severely injured in machete attacks.

Late last year the government directed police to adopt “… to shoot to kill the marauding gangs”.

However, police have largely failed to stop or control the mob violence.

Police officers have also been accused of colluding with the gangs receiving bribes resulting in an outpouring of violence with hundreds killed

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