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Mine wrangle claims life

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KADOMA — A wrangle over Tolrose Gold Mine in Kadoma between former ReNaissance Merchant Bank chief executive officer Patterson Timba and Jamson Rushwaya turned bloody after a shootout at the mine on Saturday which has since claimed a life and left two others hospitalised.

Rushwaya told NewsDay yesterday that three of his workers who were on duty at the mine were shot by an armed gang he alleged is aligned to his rival Timba.

“A gang of about 70 came to the mine and ordered my employees out of the mine, claiming they had taken over, but when the workers resisted the eviction and tried to fight the gang off, three of my employees were shot and one died on admission at Kadoma General Hospital,” Rushwaya said.

The skirmishes resulted in the death of Sheppard Mangisi (24) and left Nyasha Mpako (25) with a wound in the leg and Tauya Mangisi injured in the arm.

Timba refused to comment on the matter although he confirmed receiving reports of the shootout at the mine.

“I heard about the incident, but I do not have much information since I am not in Kadoma . . . I am in church and therefore cannot say much,” he said.

The president of the National Mine Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe Tinashe Magwira condemned the shootout and called for an immediate solution to the wrangle over the mine.

“We received news of the shootout and are deeply saddened that greed has caused the death of a worker, leaving others injured. This wrangle has been going on for a long time and has caused a lot of suffering for the over 500 workers employed by Tolrose Mine. This should be stopped,” he said.

Mashonaland West Provincial Police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara could not confirm the incident, saying he was out of office attending the Chinhoyi Agricultural Show.

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