A Member of Parliament has denied claims that violent machete gangs terrorising people across the country, the infamous MaShurugwi, are from Shurugwi, a district in the Midlands Province.
Temba Mliswa, who represents Norton as an Independent legislator, is convinced that people from Shurugwi are not violent as it is his home area. He said:
I am from Shurugwi and the Shurugwi people do not behave like that.
I would also like to clarify that they are called ‘Mashurugwi’ because there was a lot of illegal mining in Shurugwi.
I would like to protect the people that I lead as a village head that the Shurugwi people are great people. They do not do machetes.
Some reports suggest that machete gangs are sponsored by some powerful politicians, with Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe on Thursday threatening arrest on those behind MaShurugwi.
Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister, Larry Mavima recently warned that if the machete violence is not dealt with, it will degenerate into civil strife.
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