Kwekwe Gold Wars: Armed Man Storm Hospital To Finish Off Admitted Rival
HEALTH workers at Kwekwe District Hospital are living in fear of attacks from assailants who besiege the hospital brandishing dangerous weapons.
The staffers were last week left shaking after four gun-totting men pounced on the institution, a move which has become synonymous with the institution as gold wars escalate in the mining town.
Kwekwe Hospital superintendent Dr Patricia Mapanda told an all stakeholders meeting last week that the men who were brandishing different kinds of firearms came to the institution although they left without harming anyone or taking anything.
“Last week, armed people pounced on us at night. They, however, left without taking anything or harming anyone and we thank God for that,” she said.
The men were believed to be hunting for their victim who was admitted to the hospital whom they wanted to finish off, a move now common at the institution.
“We are not sure whether they wanted to rob or they were looking for one of our patients. But from what I gathered, they were looking for a patient but did not find him and left. We thank God that no one was harmed,” she said.
Dr Mapanda pleaded with the Government to beef up security at the health institution saying such cases were on the increase.
“We are appealing to the relevant authorities to consider beefing up security at the institution as lives of not only patients but also health practitioners are at risk,” she said.
Illegal gold miners are on record for besieging the hospital as they hunt each other down as a result of the common gold wars in the district.
“We have been recording cases of murder, people invading our premises with dangerous weapons such as machetes, guns, among others attacking our patients. Our nurses are living in fear of these people who besiege the institution willy-nilly,” she said.
Chairperson of the Kwekwe Civil Protection Unit who is also Kwekwe District administrator, Mr Fortune Mpungu expressed shock at the matter and promised to take necessary measures.
“Kwekwe is a mining town and many things happen. However, some may go unnoticed if the authorities do not raise them. We are grateful that the matter has been raised. We are going to look at it as a matter of urgency,” said Mr Mpungu.
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