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Zanu PF bigwigs behind machete gangs: Chinyanganya

By Sibusiso Ncube
Kadoma Central legislator Muchineripi Chinyanganya says some top officials in Zanu PF are behind the machete-wielding gangs (mashurugwi) who are terrorising artisanal miners around the country.

Currently, the effects of the machete-wielding gangs have been felt in such areas as Shurugwi, Kadoma, Kwekwe and some parts of Matabeleland.

In an interview, Honourable Chinyanganya said the issue of machete-wielding gangs has resulted in the loss of many lives in Kadoma and surrounding areas and believes some leading Zanu PF members offer them protection.

“The issue of machete gangs terrorizing residents is a challenge. I am glad the police are now taking action but it’s a bit late now because lives have been lost.

“We raised the issue in 2018 but nothing was being done and I am sure senior politicians from the ruling party are behind those gangs.

“I say so because some of them boast that they are protected. It’s now a national issue and I don’t think it’s going to end soon for as long as they are protected,” he said.

The machete-wielding gangs have arguably become the country’s most feared, dangerous and brutal terror squads that go around killing, injuring and sexually abusing people at free will, causing mining towns and other places unsafe.

Besides terrorising fellow miners the gangs have extended their criminal activities to robbing people at night and also targeting money changers and businessmen who keep large sums of money at home.

Chinyanganya’s constituency is among the hot spot for these criminal practices.

Police have so far arrested about nine suspects who have been identified as Tonderai Musasa (18), Richwell Tshuma (26), Bornlight Mukute (20), Paul Demo (27), Taurai Munetsi (31), Munyaradzi Chari (43), Lyton Tshuma (18) and Obvious Mawire (21).

One of the suspects arrested is believed to a minor aged 14 years old years.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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