Two in­jured as Ma­tobo gold pan­ners clash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Correspondent

TWO men were hos­pi­talised with se­vere in­juries fol­low­ing clashes pit­ting il­le­gal gold pan­ners and mine work­ers at Nugget Mine in Ma­tobo on Tues­day night.

One of the men al­legedly lost nearly all his teeth while the other one was axed on the head and left for dead.

Nugget Mine work­ers said the “war” started at about 5:30PM and ended at 11PM.

A woman al­leged to be girl­friend to a mine em­ployee trig­gered the lat­est fight, one of many clashes be­tween the two sides in re­cent months.

Nugget Mine man­ager Mr Akim Rab­son said two mine em­ploy­ees are lucky to be alive after they were se­verely as­saulted with one of them los­ing nearly all his teeth.

Mr Rab­son said on Wed­nes­day that il­le­gal min­ers al­ways fight against mine work­ers but de­scribed the lat­est in­ci­dent as nasty. “It’s not the first time this has hap­pened. They’re al­ways fight­ing over mi­nor is­sues. We’re told that yes­ter­day’s fight started after one of the rip­pers (il­le­gal min­ers) from In­suza poured beer on a girl­friend of one of the mine em­ploy­ees. That ig­nited a full-blown war but the big­gest prob­lem is that these guys have out­stand­ing grudges and they use any op­por­tu­nity to fight,” said Mr Ras­bon.

He blamed the po­lice of­fi­cers for not tak­ing ac­tion to re­store or­der. “The il­le­gal min­ers have dis­ap­peared but there is a lot of cor­rup­tion in this coun­try. The il­le­gal min­ers al­ways know when the po­lice are com­ing and they dis­ap­pear into the bush,” said Mr Rab­son. — @nqot­shili.

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