MP seeks to end gold gang wars

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

ESIGODINI has in re­cent years been af­fected by gold plan­ners’ gang wars, with run­ning bat­tles lead­ing to death and a lot of peo­ple be­ing maimed, but these will end.

Hon (Rtd) Bri­gadier Gen­eral Levi May­ihlome pledged his sup­port to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a po­lice base in Ha­bane in Esigodini work­ing hand in hand with Clr Pat­son Sibanda (Ward 16).

Speak­ing at a min­ing stake­hold­ers meet­ing or­gan­ised by Umz­ing­wane Small-Scale Min­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently, the MP re­vealed that he has since com­mit­ted his own ve­hi­cle to as­sist the po­lice in hav­ing pa­trols around Esigodini.

“I am com­mit­ted to end all these vi­o­lent acts and to pro­tect the peo­ple of Umz­ing­wane. We promised that these acts would end dur­ing cam­paign time and they shall end even if it means we tem­po­rar­ily set aside de­vel­op­men­tal ini­tia­tives to erad­i­cate them,” Hon May­ihlome said.

He di­rectly spoke to the main per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence and told them to call all their “boys” so that they hand over all their ma­chetes and other weapons they carry.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers in at­ten­dance at the meet­ing which lasted for five hours pleaded with Hon May­ihlome to deal with the sit­u­a­tion in Ha­bane by any means pos­si­ble.

Esigodini has for the past five years wit­nessed run­ning bat­tles be­tween gold pan­ners, start­ing with “AmaNkayi” against “AmaFi­l­abusi” and later “maGokwe and Shu­rugwi” against “AmaNkayi”. — Mz­ing­wane News Bul­letin.

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