Zim court prosecutors ordered to oppose bail on machete gangs
By Staff Reporter
THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has moved to issue a directive to all provincial public prosecutors to oppose the granting of bail on those brought to court facing cases of violence involving the use of machetes.
This follows an increase in machete attacks by illegal gold miners derisively referred to as MaShurugwi.
In a memo sent to its provincial public prosecutors, NPA Director of Public Prosecutions, Justin Uladi said the policy stance was motivated by the upsurge in cases of violence involving illegal miners.
“We have noted with concern the upsurge in the number of cases of violence involving the use of machetes,” Uladi wrote in the memo.
“In a bid to stamp out the scourge, you are hereby directed to oppose bail and to request custodial sentences in the event of convictions in all such cases.”
Cases of attacks against each other or on innocent villagers by the machete wielding gangs have been trending of late with the killing last week, of Wonder Hokoyo, a junior police officer at a mine in Battlefields, Kadoma.
On New Year’s Day, Mark Dube, a gold buyer was also hacked to death by a machete wielding gang that went on to rob him of US$700.
The gruesome incident happened in Mvuma.