Death threats for gold baron’s gang

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Richard Muponde

ESIGODINI gold baron, Mr Baron Dube has said he is now liv­ing in fear after one of his gang mem­bers re­ceived death threats from peo­ple who al­legedly mur­dered his nephew in bloody clashes last week.

The death threats have since been re­ported to the po­lice.

Mr Dube and a ri­val Fi­l­abusi group are in­volved in a fight over the own­er­ship of Mosen­tase gold claim lo­cated at HeyHill mine.

It has since emerged that po­lice have barred the gold baron from vis­it­ing the gold claim.

Mr Dube said the claim be­longs to him and last week his nephew, Qal­isani Moyo was killed after he led a group of gold pan­ners to wrest it from his ri­vals.

Moyo was buried last Thurs­day at his ru­ral home in Fi­l­abusi and po­lice have said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing his mur­der.

One of the gang mem­bers who sur­vived last week’s bloody clashes, Mr Pre­vi­ous Sibanda who works for Mr Dube and was al­legedly axed on the arm, said he re­ceived death threats from a mem­ber of the ri­val group only iden­ti­fied as Thando.

Mr Sibanda re­ported the mat­ter at Esigodini Po­lice Sta­tion.

Mata­bele­land po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele could not be reached for com­ment.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Sibanda said he re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice un­der CR num­ber 23/11/16.

“He phoned me last week threat­en­ing to kill me if ever I dare visit the mine. He said I was lucky to be alive as they also want to kill me. I re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice as I now live in fear. Thando is one of those who at­tacked me and Qal­isani,” said Mr Sibanda.

Mr Dube said what was wor­ry­ing was that the peo­ple who killed his nephew have not been ar­rested. “It ap­pears the sus­pects are be­ing pro­tected by some pow­er­ful peo­ple.

“What the po­lice have only done is to bar me from vis­it­ing my mine,” said Mr Dube.

He said when he was busy with funeral ar­range­ments for his nephew, his ri­vals re­sumed min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the gold claim.

“These peo­ple are con­tin­u­ing to loot gold from my claim with­out pa­pers,” he said.

Moyo, who was pop­u­larly known as “Fri­day” was killed just after his re­lease from re­mand prison for as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers. He al­legedly com­mit­ted the crime in the com­pany of his gang in a bid to force po­lice to re­lease some rob­bery sus­pects.

Moyo and his squad also al­legedly dam­aged a po­lice ve­hi­cle and de­flated its tyres us­ing Okapi knives.

Mr Dube said last Thurs­day night he saw a UD truck and two trac­tors load­ing ore from the gold claim and no­ti­fied the po­lice but no ac­tion was taken.

“When I no­ti­fied them they just ig­nored me and since I was rush­ing to at­tend my nephew’s burial, there was noth­ing I could do,” said Mr Dube. Moyo was killed on Mon­day last week when he and 14 oth­ers were al­legedly at­tacked when they vis­ited the gold claim.

Po­lice have ac­cused Mr Dube of mo­bil­is­ing his gang mem­bers to at­tack the other group. — @ richardmuponde

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