Another death in Zhombe over gold claims
EIGHT gold miners from Zhombe are on the run after stabbing two rival miners, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured before going on the run.
Speaking to ZOOMZimbabwe, Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said one Dennis Moyo teamed up with his brothers and friends to assault rival miners following a dispute over rights to a rich gold claim.
The deceased has been identified as Leo Ncube, while the other victim, Prince Makonza, was left sprawling in a pool of blood with deep cuts all over the body.
“Police are investigating a case which occurred at Bob’s Business Centre in Zhombe,” Inspector Goko told ZOOMZimbabwe by telephone. “Dennis Moyo led a gang comprising of his brothers and colleagues to Bob’s business centre, whereupon they found Ncube and his friend Makonza drinking beer in a bar,” he said.
“Upon entering the bar the suspects allegedly started assaulting the patrons indiscriminately with empty beer bottles hitting Prince on the head and stabbing him with knives several times all over the body.”
Goko added that Ncube ran out of the bar to his car, but the suspects caught up with him and stabbed him all over the body in front of his younger brother.
“The suspects disappeared into the darkness. The police are appealing to members of the public, who might have information that may lead to the arrest of Denis and his brothers Mncedisi, Descent, Mthabisi all of Village 17, Chief Gwesela, Zhombe and their four other accomplices to make a report to any nearest police station or make use of the suggestion boxes nearer to them,” he said.
Goko appealed to members of the public, particularly artisanal miners, to desist from using violence in solving disputes.
Cases of murder and violence are frequent in Zhombe.
In May last year, Michael Mapholisa, 22, of Mbondiya Village under Chief Samambwa in Zibagwe District, died after an axe attack at Empress Mine Business Centre inside a botttle store.
Zhombe is richly endowed with gold deposits.
Cases of murder related to gold disputes have been on the rise in Zhombe, particularly Empress Mine where much of the gold finds are concentrated. — ZOOMZimbabwe