More machete gang members arrested . . . as Mazowe’s Jumbo Mine is declared no go area
THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested three more members of the machete gangs in Chinhoyi before declaring Jumbo Mine in Mazowe a no-go area in a bid to bring sanity in the mining town.
National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed the latest arrests, which came barely a week after the police also rounded up over 900 illegal miners in Mazowe and Shamva.
Over 1 500 people have since been arrested across the country through police’s Operation Chikorokoza Ngachipere.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police arrested Takesure Mashonga Gasura, George Ncube and Pritchard Banda on January 18, 2020 in Kenzamba, Chinhoyi. The trio is part of a quartet who went on a rampage, robbing a shop at Jochoma Village, setting five huts on fire and assaulting several villagers using machetes and a spear,” Nyathi said.
He said Banda is currently hospitalised after he was shot on the knee while resisting arrest. The other suspect Edmore Kaitano died at Sanyati Baptist Hospital after he was assaulted by the public.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to warn machete gangs that they only have themselves to blame should they continue to harass and terrorise the innocent public. Police would like to assure the public that we are firm on the ground to deal with all criminal elements,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nyathi also said Jumbo Mine had also been declared a no-go area with immediate effect.
“The ZRP has intensified the maintenance of law and order at Jumbo area in Mazowe. A team of senior officers visited the area on progress check this afternoon (Monday). Members of the public are accordingly advised that Jumbo Mine and its environs are now a no-go area with immediate effect,” he said.
Jumbo Mine was closed by Metallon Gold in 2018 and the development has resulted in an influx of artisanal miners from all corners of the country, with vendors and commercial sex workers invading the area.
Despite the booming business, scores of people have lost their lives in violent clashes and attacks by the machete-wielding artisanal miners, popularly known as maShurugwi.