By Takunda Mandura
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy has resolved to set up an inquiry into the current wave of mining gangs popularly known as Mashurugwi who are terrorising small scale miners.
Speaking on Wednesday after an emergency sitting in Harare Committee Chairperson Edmond Mkaratigwa said they had resolved that an inquiry be set up to interrogate the foundation and development of these machete gangs.
“We have discussed this issue and resolved to conduct an inquiry into the matter to identify and trace the foundation and development of the gold panning gang”.
Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga recently threatened that police will shoot the violent Mashurugwi gold panners who have been known to attempt disarming the police.
Last week, Wonder Hokoyo, a police officer, was hacked to death by a group of artisanal gold miners wielding machetes at a mine in Battlefields, Kadoma.
Scores of suspected miners have been arrested in connection with the murder, including that of a 14 year old boy.
This week 14 illegal miners were arrested at Jumbo Mine in Mazowe and 11 machetes and 423 explosives were recovered.
In 2019 government launched a US$12 billion dollar mining target by 2023 in which gold is expected to contribute US$4 billion to the country’s GDP.