Guards as­sault il­le­gal miner

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Lib­erty Dube Post Cor­re­spon­dent

SEVEN se­cu­rity of­fi­cers – one from Zimbabwe Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Com­pany, al­legedly fa­tally as­saulted an il­le­gal di­a­mond pan­ner last week.

The sus­pects are Steven Churu (51) from ZCDC, Reuben Chacha (50), Shami Sang­weni (42), Be­hav­iour Dombo (34), Sanizani Ka­timba (35), Mes­sage Mucheka (28), An­drew Maraidze (27) all from Na­tional Eye Se­cu­rity.

They were not asked to plead when they ap­peared be­fore Mutare mag­is­trate Miss Nyasha Ku­ture fac­ing mur­der charges last week.

The de­ceased’s name could not be es­tab­lished at the time of go­ing to press as his next of kin were yet to be ad­vised.

Mr Fletcher Karombe pros­e­cuted. The court heard that the de­ceased, who was in the com­pany of other il­le­gal pan­ners, pro­ceeded to Por­tal A, ZCDC, which was manned by se­cu­rity men from ZCDC and Na­tional Eye Se­cu­rity. The sus­pects, act­ing in com­mon pur­pose, tied the il­le­gal min­ers’ hands us­ing shoe laces and started as­sault­ing them with ba­tons. Some of the il­le­gal min­ers ran away leav­ing their col­leagues be­hind. The sus­pects gave chase and man­aged to ap­pre­hend the now de­ceased in­clud­ing a col­league Mun­yaradzai Ny­oni.

They will be back in the dock on Jan­uary 15.

In an un­re­lated in­ci­dent, a 28-yearold sus­pected men­tal pa­tient, Jo­hannes Gu­vheya, last week hacked his un­cle with an axe af­ter ac­cus­ing him of be­ing a wiz­ard.

The de­ceased, Eug­ine Gu­vheya (69), died on the spot af­ter sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous in­juries. The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Ny­at­sanza Vil­lage, in Chief Mu­tasa’s area.

Po­lice said Eu­gene went to a nearby moun­tain to pray on De­cem­ber 18. Two days later, Jo­hannes forcibly en­tered into a house Eu­gene was sleep­ing in.

“He ac­cused him for be­ing a (wiz­ard) . He started kick­ing him with booted feet. He struck him with an axe. A vil­lager, Mike Nya­ma­jiwa (33), told his mother, Chris­tine Chid­hakwa, who rushed to the scene. The de­ceased’s head had a de­formed skull,” said Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress.

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