Six Arrested Over Gwanda Mining Tribal Wars
Six people have so far been arrested after deadly tribal fights between informal miners emerged in Gwanda over the weekend.
Matabeleland South Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed that police have arrested six people out of a possible group of fifty who ganged up to attack rival miners at Vhovha Mine in Gwanda.
Reports from the mine are that about fifty heavily armed miners suspected to have come from Kwekwe landed in Gwanda on Saturday and brutally attacked local miners for denying their Shona speaking collegues a chance to mine in the area.
Allegations are that the local Ndebele speaking miners have for a long time been victimising the Shona speaking miners ordering them off the mines a move which angered the Shona miners who went back to Kwekwe and sort reinforcement by bringing in at least fifty collegues to attack the Ndebele speaking miners.
The miners from Kwekwe heavily overpowered the locals and cleared them from the mines before disappearing from the area. At least three people are reported to have died from the incident and a lot more injured.
The injured are currently admitted at Gwanda Provincial Hospital under police guard and will be arrested and charged for public violence as soon as they are discharged from hospital, according to the police.
Meanwhile, a high powered battalion of the ZRP Support Unit from Fairbridge in Bulawayo has been deployed in the town to search for the killers and bring sanity at the informal mines around Gwanda town. A mini curfew is also being experienced in the town as the police are on a massive stop and search exercise.
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