ZRP has released the following statement following reports that armed policemen went to Mazowe’s Christon Bank and destroyed squatter camps and homes that had been built on the edge of the mountain without notice.
In explaining the incident, ZRP says it was a sanctioned operation code-named Operation Protect Mbuya Nehanda Heritage In Mazowe.
Read the ZRP statement on the issue below:
PRESS STATEMENT 28 AUGUST 2020
OPERATION PROTECT MBUYA NEHANDA HERITAGE IN MAZOWE
The Zimbabwe Republic Police and other stakeholders have launched an operation dubbed “Protect Mbuya Nehanda Heritage”, meant to flush out illegal settlers and miners who have been destroying sacred places, cultural, heritage sites and Government property at Mbuya Nehanda, Shavarudzi, Chebanga, Bakorambuya Nehanda, Chemachinda, Henderson and Mazowe Dam.
Since the onset of the operation on 26′ August 2020, a total of 65 suspects have been arrested for various offences which include Criminal trespass, operating without shop licence, implementing a mining project without Environmental Impact Assessment certificate among others.
Police also recovered 20 hammer mills, 5 compressors, 4 generators, 2 water pumps, 2 well pumps, 3 jack hammers, 2 Taurius batteries, 2 Ray 50W solar panels and approximately 10kgs gold ore.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Republic Police warns criminals wh, want to take advantage of this operation to cause confusion and commit various criminal activities that the law will take its course without fear or favour.
NYATHI. P Assistant Commissioner Senior Staff Officer
[Press, Public and International Relations]
To the Commissioner General of Police Police General Headquarters