Heal Zimbabwe Trust‘s Rashid Mahiya has said the government should not protect gold bought from MaShurugwi gangs as it is smearing the precious mineral with a bad name and creating a bad impression about its extraction All Africa reports.
Speaking about the machete-wielding gangs that have terrorised residents and other miners in gold-rich places, giving the gold bought from those areas a bad name, Mahiya said:
What is the value of gold when it is a threat to human life? After all, is the nation even benefitting from it or it’s just a preserve for the elite. Where is the gold even being sold to, who is buying the gold from these gangs?
As citizens, we have the right to ask those questions. Why is important that we protect criminals at the expense of citizens all because of gold? Why do we need to allow people to kill each other because we are getting out of it? That’s why we call is bloody gold.
More: All Africa