Mazowe Villagers have now resorted to abandoning their homes at night and return in the morning as the popular MaShurugwi or Colombians( Gold Panners) terrorise villagers.
Villagers from Mazowe are being terrorised by machete-wielding gold panners in Manzou area The Standard has exclusively revealed. The gold panners are violently attacking villagers at night hence the night mountain escape. The panners reportedly threaten to kill, rob and assault, a trail that has left villagers fearing for their lives and escaping to the nearby mountains every night.
One villager who spoke to The Standard said:
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On Monday last week the MaShurugwi came here at around 1am. They knocked on the door, but as you can see we live in make-shift mud houses and the light was on. They could clearly see everyone inside because of the light.
We remained silent for a while until one of them banged on the door with a machete. He threatened that if we failed to give them what they wanted they would kill us. We were terrified and my husband later gathered courage and asked them what they wanted
We handed them the money and a cellphone, but they said they were not satisfied and they were going to come again the following night. We have been sleeping in the bush since then. We only come during the day and we always see their footprints, which means they keep coming back. The most painful thing is that we have to sleep in the bush together with the kids.
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