Machete-wielding Gangs Terrorise Kwekwe Residents

Residents of Kwekwe are living in perpetual fear of machete-wielding gangs, some of whom are gold panners in the gold-rich Midlands town.

Machete attacks have been experienced at schools, at hospitals, in bars and in homes. A Kwekwe resident, Tichaona Masvaure of Newtown suburb cheated death by a whisker in February this year after he was attacked by the machete-wielding gang.

While speaking to Newsday, Masvaure’s wife narrated what happened to his husband on the fateful day. She said:

When Tichaona went to ask the people to stop cutting down some bamboo trees at our house, they called him to come outside the gate and in no time I heard a loud cry from my husband.

A T-35 truck being followed by a cloud of dust were all I could see and my husband’s voice calling out for help from that cloud of dust.

Fortunately, the rope got torn and that’s how my husband survived. I thank God that he survived and just today he uttered his first words to me after some time at the Gweru Provincial Hospital’s intensive care unit.

The Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the incident and said that investigations are in progress.

Another Kwekwe resident, Nehemiah Tendai Muwirimi of Msasa Park, escaped the jaws of death by the skin of his teeth during an encounter with a machete gang. He was attacked in February this year at around 8 pm and lost all his money. He said:

I am still to escape the trauma of that night and trying to focus on building a better future that is safer not just for me, but for all of us.

Sometimes when it gets dark I relive the experience and realise that life can be taken away from you anytime and we should cherish and appreciate every moment.

As the attacks continue unabated, some residents now feel that the police are aware of the gangs and are afraid of arresting them.

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3 comments on “Machete-wielding Gangs Terrorise Kwekwe Residents

  1. Sanity should be restored in Kwekwe, its been a long time since machete wielding people are causing havoc in the town.

  2. The worst thing is police know these people and they can’t deal with them. Shot to kill kana vanhu if people are barbaric like that. My own mother was robbed in broad daylight by these animals. Don’t shoot innocent citizens protesting, kill those animals who are terrorising kwekwe residence.

  3. The worst thing is police know these people and they can’t deal with them. Shot to kill kana if people are barbaric like that. My own mother was robbed in broad daylight by these animals. Don’t shoot innocent citizens protesting, kill those animals who are terrorising kwekwe residence. Shuwa toti ma taliban in year 2000, now this. I am so angry right now. Trust me guns are cheap from the other side if any one of my family is hurt again I’m a taking matters to my self hunt and shoot to kill. Nxaa.

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