Mugabe on the rampage

FORMER President Robert Mugabe (pictured) has allegedly taken the law into his own hands and unleashed Gushungo Holdings employees and security personnel to violently eject small-scale gold miners at the disputed Smithfield Farm in Mazowe.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Mugabe’s employees allegedly took over several mining claims, including gold ore destined for processing, and vandalised the small-scale gold miners’ equipment.
The miners were chased away before Mugabe’s people took over the area and started prospecting for gold themselves.

This was revealed in an urgent chamber application filed at the High Court on Tuesday by the affected miners – Shepherd Nyazvigo and Bright Mawonga – who claim to be the rightful owners of Mondo 4 mining claim, which is at the centre of an ownership wrangle between Mugabe and the artisanal miners.

“What prompted the applicants [Nyazvigo and Mawonga] to seek urgent relief is that on the morning of April 17, 2018, the respondent [Gushungo Holdings] deployed its employees, including its security personnel on the applicants’ blocks of mine and chased the applicants,” the two miners said in their founding affidavit.

“The respondent also confiscated the applicants’ mining claims, equipment and ore which the applicants wanted to take to the mill. The respondent’s personnel told the applicants that they were taking the ore to the mill as it belongs to them and they are already mining on applicants’ mining claims.”

The self-acting small-scale miners said Mugabe was acting illegally without any court order authorising him to do so and that they were suffering prejudice as a result of his unlawful actions.

“The applicants have no alternative option except to approach this honourable court, seeking urgent relief more so due to the respondent’s illegality as they are doing so without a court order,” they said.

“The respondent has taken the law into its own hands by acting in the manner it has done and was supposed to approach the court or take any legal route if it felt it had the right to the mining claims in dispute.”

The miners further argued the “law should not allow people to resort to self-help using illegal means” and that the status quo, which prevailed prior to the invasion of their mines by Mugabe’s personnel on April 17, 2018 should be restored.

According to the miners, they were granted an order to the same mining claims in December 2011 after suing the chief mining commissioner over the gold claims.


“The applicants were granted an order by this honourable court, barring the former owner of Mazowe Citrus Estates in which their mining claims are located from interfering with their mining claims,” they said and attached a court order by High Court judge Justice Mary Zimba-Dube issued on December 29, 2011, granting them authority to the mining claims.

The matter is yet to be set down for hearing.

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  2. so the old man is very dangerous and very soon he will be armed and we can expect a third chimurenga if he is not stopped dead in his tracks

    1. Are seriously for real or its some kind of a joke?

  3. Unfortunately ED is too softy softy & scared of the old man himself to be able to take any decisive action. It will only take the courage of Nero or some other opposition leader to stop this madness dead in its tracks

  4. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…KUKANDA NEKUVHIKA!!!!

  5. Agreed Eagle Eye. They say people living in glass houses must not throw stones. You cannot see a speck in someone’s eye when you have a log in your own eye. Bob is being treated with kid’s gloves for that reason. ED is heavy laden with flaws cannot therefore, take decisive action since he is equally delinquent.

  6. Let us respect our former President and and ensure that he has a trouble free retirement. This business of stressing him is simply not on. It is expected of all citizens to fight for and ensure that the rights of the former leader are protected – regardless of what he did in the past. HE REMAINS THE NATION’S ICON.

    1. Mugabe is your ICON not mine

  7. Mugabe and ALL of his cohorts should now be in Chikarubi where he belongs. He is NOT the nations Icon he is the nations destroyer !!!. Kick him out of Blue roof and make it the residence of the sitting President. He is a useless old Dictator and we do NOT want to ever see him in the streets, We will give him Kadafi treatment !

    1. Useless only to you and your so-called “sitting President” Musatisembure nehu”new president” hwenyu. Asvotwa nekuti Mugabe iIcon ngaarutse.

  8. Mugabe must not be handled with kid gloves. He and his wive must be thrown in jail if they are showing signs of operating outside the law, with the impunity they were used to over the past 37 years

  9. KUTAURA KWAMUSINA KUSWERA

  10. Bhobho ilawyer not a fake 1 like EDiot

  11. No rule of law in Zim full stop

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