Police have arrested nearly 50 000 illegal miners during an ongoing operation dubbed “Chikorokoza Chapera”, which plans to end illegal mining activities around the country.
In a statement released on Twitter on Monday, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said ninety-seven (97) people were arrested for illegal mining activities on Sunday alone. The statement read:
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On 3/10/21, Police arrested 97 people throughout the country for engaging in illegal mining activities, while two people were arrested for carrying dangerous weapons.
Cumulative arrests since the commencement of the operation targeting illegal miners and people carrying dangerous weapons stand at 49 906. Meanwhile, on 03/04/21 31 unregistered motor vehicles were impounded across the country.
A total of 14 035 vehicles have been impounded since the inception of Operation ‘No to unregistered motor vehicle’ on 01/01/21.
The Police also arrested 55 people for touting, bringing the total of touting related arrests to 22 380 since the operation commenced.