The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has declared Jumbo Mine in Mazowe and its vicinity a no-go-area in a bid to curb machete gang violence.
In a statement on Tuesday, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi warned that anyone found operating illegally in the area will be arrested:
Police operations at Jumbo Mine and other areas in Mazowe have so far been successful. The ZRP has intensified the maintenance of law and order at Jumbo area in Mazowe.
A team of senior officers visited the area to check progress on Monday afternoon. Members of the public are accordingly advised that Jumbo Mine and its environs are now a no-go area with immediate effect.
Ass. Comm. Nyathi further warned villagers in Mazowe who have offered sanctuary to MaShurugwi gangs that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.
Police also arrested seven illegal miners on allegations of masquerading as police officers and members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) in Mutoko after they invaded Ngororombe Mine.