Six days on, hope fades for miss­ing min­ers

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

TWO il­le­gal min­ers from Iny­athi who are feared dead af­ter a mine shaft col­lapsed last Thurs­day at Finchum Farm were yet to be found yes­ter­day, six days since they were last seen alive.

Hope is now fad­ing for Mr Thomp­son Khabo (34) and Mr Qhawelihle Moyo (20) to be found alive fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the 25-me­tre mine shaft due to heavy rains.

Their family and friends started search­ing for them last Fri­day and the Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) joined the search on Mon­day, but the two are yet to be lo­cated amid fears that they may have been buried alive.

Bubi Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Tapiwa Zivovoyi, who also heads the CPU in the dis­trict, said the search has not yielded pos­i­tive re­sults so far.

He said since Tues­day they have been us­ing an ex­ca­va­tor sought from a lo­cal mine in an at­tempt to lo­cate them.

“They’re still work­ing on the ground, but due to other com­mit­ments I’m no longer on the ground. Once they’re found I will get back to you,” Mr Zivovoyi said.

The area’s vil­lage head, Mr Petro Ma­suku, said the search was con­tin­u­ing.

“This is a sad sce­nario. We’ve been search­ing since Mon­day. They’re a lot of peo­ple on the ground to­day. We’ve been work­ing and we’re still try­ing to find them.

“The chal­lenge we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is that there’re many tun­nels and we don’t know the one they might have fallen into. We’ve to dig the tun­nels one af­ter the other but are get­ting noth­ing,” said Mr Ma­suku.

He said he was con­vinced that they were close to reach­ing them.

The pre­vail­ing harsh eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment has been cited as one of the ma­jor rea­sons why il­le­gal min­ers risk life and limb un­der­tak­ing un­safe min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.-@nqot­shili

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