Machete gangs strike again


Vasco Chaya


MACHETE gangs have struck again in Matabeleland North, robbing people of their goods and money, the police have said.

This comes after two men were arrested in Inyathi for allegedly attacking a mine on Thursday.

“Two men were arrested in Inyathi in connection with a case of robbery which occurred on August 27 at Mucklenuck A2 Mine.

“The suspects struck the victim with a machete and stole cash amounting to US$200 and $400. The duo was later arrested,” national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said.

The incident comes a few days after two illegal gold panners bludgeoned their colleague, John Matendere (25), with an axe over US$40 and killed him in cold blood while his family watched.

The incident happened at Matendere’s home in Makwikwi village in Shurugwi, in the Midlands.

To curb the lawlessness mainly in mining areas, the police launched an operation code-named Chikorokoza Ngachipere/Isitsheketsha Kasipele” and “No to Machete Wielding Gangs” on January 14 this year.

This was after the machete gangs had caused untold suffering in the mining and surrounding communities such as Kadoma, Mazowe and Shurugwi, among others, killing a police officer in Battlefields near Kwekwe.

Since the onset of the operation, 12 330 arrests have been made.

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