Cops in­sist gold baron in­cited fa­tal clashes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

PO­LICE have launched a man­hunt for sus­pects in the case of a slain ring­leader of a gang of gold pan­ners who died on Mon­day night dur­ing bloody clashes with a ri­val group in Fi­l­abusi.

Po­lice said they were ap­peal­ing to peo­ple with in­for­ma­tion that may as­sist them to ap­pre­hend those who fa­tally at­tacked Qal­isani Moyo, a nephew to Esigo­dini gold baron Mr Baron Dube, to come for­ward.

Moyo was axed to death af­ter his right foot was chopped off in a fight over a gold claim at HeyHill Farm.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele yes­ter­day said they were still look­ing for the as­sailants.

“No ar­rests have been made at the mo­ment. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still go­ing on and we are ap­peal­ing to any­one who might have in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of the mur­der sus­pects to come for­ward and in­form the po­lice or re­port to their near­est po­lice sta­tion,” he said.

Moyo, who was be­lieved to be the ring leader of a group of gold pan­ners, was killed af­ter he was al­legedly as­signed by Mr Dube to wrest con­trol of a gold claim from ri­vals. Mr Dube said he owns the dis­puted gold claim. When Moyo and his group ar­rived at the claim, bloody clashes erupted lead­ing to Moyo’s fa­tal ax­ing.

Sev­eral peo­ple in­clud­ing mem­bers from both Moyo’s gang and the ri­val group sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries.

In an in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day, Mr Dube said his nephew died for noth­ing as Moyo and 14 oth­ers went to the gold claim, not to fight, but for talks with a ri­val group at the in­sti­ga­tion of the po­lice.

He said on the day his rel­a­tive died, they were sup­posed to travel to­gether to the claim, but he later de­cided against go­ing there.

Mr Dube said he never in­cited vi­o­lence but some peo­ple (names sup­plied) who were once his se­cu­rity guards at the claim mo­bilised over 400 gold pan­ners against him.

The gold baron said on Sun­day he nearly died as the mob of gold pan­ners armed with ma­chetes and axes cor­nered him, but they re­treated af­ter he drew his pis­tol.

How­ever, po­lice in­sist Mr Dube mo­bilised gold pan­ners and went to the gold claim and at­tacked the other group which was min­ing there. -@ richardmuponde.

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