Syndicates belonging to ZRP and Zanu PF have reportedly cleared off illegal gold panners (a.k.a Makorokoza) who were mining at the gold-rich Wondedzo Hill and have taken over mining at the Hill which is located 23 kilometers away from Masvingo, The NewsHawks reports.
Villagers and other stakeholders in the surrounding areas reportedly told the investigative journalists that Police Officers from the Support Unit last week sealed off the hill and Zanu PF officials and ZRP were either mining themselves or allowing their syndicates to mine.
ZRP officers reportedly moved in and drove away Makorokoza some who had traveled from areas like Kwekwe and Shurugwi, under the guise of restoring order and enforcing the lockdown imposed by the government.
However, The NewsHawks stated that people were seen mining at the Hill last week and Zanu PF Masvingo political commissar Jevas Masosote and members of the women and youth leagues are among those that were seen mining in the area.
When contacted for comment, Masvingo police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa reportedly said there were no mining activities taking place at the hill and said they investigate the report that had been brought to their attention,
Source: The NewsHawks