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Mashurugwi: The machete gang unleashing terror in Zimbabwe

By Tatenda Marwodzi

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“Come 2030 we will still be ruling..” chant the machete-wielding thugs in a video that has gone viral on social media.

Dupped as the “Mashurugwi”, the machete gang boasts on its rule over all gold deposits in the country. Anyone who crosses their path, risks being hacked to death by their machetes and axes.

A terrorist organisation that originated in the informal mining sector as a terror gang killing artisanal miners over mineral deposits.

The “Mashurugwi”, believed to have originated in the Midlands province, have targeted gold panners all over the country stealing gold and chopping their victims to death.

To date, over 200 small scale gold panners have lost their lives to these terrorists. “Machete gangs are now worrisome and a serious security threat,” said Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe at a media briefing.

“Those found in possession of dangerous weapons like machetes and iron bars will not be spared in the arrests,” he warned. The Mashurugwi thrive on fear and flight, terrorising victims where ever they go. They have become ungovernable and the police have failed to contain their violence.

Last month, a police officer, constable Wonder Hokoyo, was hacked and chopped to death by gang members. And lately, they have started targeting innocent citizens in urban and rural centres.

An eighty-year-old woman and her seventeen-year-old granddaughter were found raped and killed last week in Norton. There has been a lot of speculation on the bigwigs that are running this mafia but no substantial evidence has been produced to back these claims.

“A genuine operation should start with the president firing Minister Ncube long implicated as leader of these murderers”, said opposition party NPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire claiming that Minister of State Owen Ncube is behind the Mashurugwi.

Some claims have also been made pinning the gangs on the opposition party MDC however when the Zimbabwe Republic Police raided MDC headquarters no evidence was found.

The public has appealed to government to have no mercy on these terrorists and the president has promised harsh sentences for anyone found participating in gang related activities.

A total of 5000 arrests have been made for possession of dangerous weapons as the police continue their crackdown on the Mashurugwis.


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