Mvuma gold miner in gruesome murder by notorious machete gang
By Staff Reporter
THE notorious machete killing gangs known as Mashurugwi have hacked down and killed a Mvuma gold miner whom they went on to rob of US$700.
According to a Gweru police memo, dated 1 January 2020, Mark Dube of Syndicate Mine, Mvuma was attacked at about 0645 hours on New Year’s Day.
Dube was a gold buyer and had a hammer mill at MEK Syndicate Mine, Mvuma.
He was the one who was operating a hammer mill, milling gold ore.
As related by police in the memo, “On the 1st day of January 2020 at about 0645 hours, the informant Loius Seremwe NR:- 26-178233-A-26 aged: 35 years, contactable on mobile 0773 109 957 was at plot number 109 Peri-Urban, Mvuma which is his place of residence. The informant then heard a voice screaming for help in the nearby thick bush approximately 150 metres away from his homestead.
“The informant then got outside his house and saw the now deceased running towards his house at a distance of about 100 metres being pursued by the three unknown accused persons and one of the accused persons was putting on a red T-Shirt, the other accused person was putting on complete black casual clothing and the last accused person was wearing dark clothing.
“The three accused persons then caught the deceased at a distance of approximately 100 metres away from the homestead and started stricking the deceased several times all over the body with machetes. They then searched the now deceased and left him lying helpless on the ground. Accused persons ran towards the nearby thick bush disappeared into the bush.
“The informant then went to the scene and discovered that that the now deceased was still alive. The now deceased advised the informant to telephone his uncle who was in Kadoma to tell him that he was robbed off his USD$700-00 and that he was struck by machetes. The now deceased requested for water to drink and was given by informant.
“The informant then filled a report at ZRP Mvuma police station.”
The police memo further reads, “Upon arrival the police discovered the body of deceased lying dead on the ground facing downwards and they observed the following injuries:– four deep cuts on the head, one deep cut on the right cheek , one deep cut on the left leg, one deep cut on the left hand elbow and one deep cut on the left hand palm.
“The body was ferried to Mvuma General Hospital where was placed in the hospital mortuary.
“Total value stolen is US$700-00, one handset with sim 0714 684591 and nothing was recovered.
“The case is being investigated under ZRP Mvuma RRB 4063420.”