Amako­rokoza beat up cop in gold claim war

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AMAKO­ROKOZA in In­siza al­legedly thor­oughly bashed a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer sta­tioned in Masvingo for muscling in on a gold claim that does not be­long to him.

The group at­tacked Of­fi­cer in Charge Op­er­a­tions at Masvingo Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion, In­spec­tor Du­misani Vin­cent Sibanda (37) with fists and kicked him with steel-capped safety shoes leav­ing him un­con­scious be­fore flee­ing from the scene.

The as­sault al­legedly oc­curred on Satur­day, at Vil­lage 2 Pi­o­neer in Fort Rixon.

Insp Sibanda had al­legedly started min­ing gold at Zulu 8 Mine, with­out the owner’s per­mis­sion.

Sources said he would ar­rive at the claim in full po­lice uni­form and order every­one to leave.

On Satur­day, the source said, Insp Sibanda ar­rived at the mine in the evening with two lo­cal vil­lagers.

He al­legedly flashed his po­lice ID since he was not in uni­form.

“He or­dered the amako­rokoza who were busy at work to stop dig­ging and come out of the pits. They obliged and left the site but re­turned a few min­utes later.

“A group of them came back driv­ing a yel­low Toy­ota Spa­cio. Three got out of the car and beat him up,” said the source.

The owner of the mine, Mr Wil­son Nyamwiwa, is said to be the amako­rokoza’s boss.

“Mr Nyamwiwa found Insp Sibanda ly­ing in a blood­ied heap when he ar­rived at the scene a few min­utes af­ter the as­sault oc­curred and helped him,” said a wit­ness who de­clined to be named.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at around 7 PM and Sibanda is said to have made a re­port at Fort Rixon Po­lice Sta­tion about seven hours later, around 2AM.

He was is­sued with a med­i­cal re­port to seek treat­ment.

“I sus­pect that he sought treat­ment in Masvingo to avoid em­bar­rass­ment here.

“Min­utes af­ter mak­ing a po­lice re­port, it is al­leged that he ap­proached some po­lice of­fi­cer, ask­ing what they could do to with­draw the re­port,” said a gold pan­ner who asked not to be named.

Amako­rokoza told The Chronicle that many of them had vowed “to dis­ci­pline” the po­lice of­fi­cer the next time he came to their claims.

“His com­ing to our claims wear­ing com­plete uni­form is not a threat to us.

“We will not al­low him to abuse us sim­ply be­cause he is a po­lice of­fi­cer, tak­ing what does not right­fully be­long to him,” said the pan­ner.

They said Insp Sibanda was in the habit of loot­ing their gold.

Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele said he had not yet re­ceived a re­port on that in­ci­dent and ef­forts to se­cure a com­ment from Insp Sibanda failed yes­ter­day.— @ win­nie_­masara.

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