MASVINGO – About 300 hundred illegal gold panners have invaded Mapurisa Village in the Fuve-Panganai Area under Chief Nhema in Zaka amid speculation that substantial deposits of the precious mineral have been found there.
The gold rush to the village which is 20km West of Jerera Growth Point has forced Government to deploy heavily armed police to restore order in the area where the panners had caused serious land degradation.
The panners who are camped at Jecha Township are coming from areas like Shurugwi, Zvishavane, Mberengwa, Chiyadzwa, Gutu and their numbers continue to swell every day.
Zaka District Administrator (DA) Victor Zinhanga confirmed the gold rush and said
it was probably triggered by a registered miner in the area who had found more gold.
He said people started pouring into the area at the end of April. There are no other gold mines in Zaka at the moment and the operation ran by the registered miner has been employing 10 people and producing an estimated 5kg of
gold per year.
"I can confirm that there is a gold rush in Mapurisa Village under Chief Nhema. Hundreds of gold panners invaded the area and we were forced to invite the Police to the area to restore order. We urge people to follow procedure and it is our hope that all those who want to be involved in mining would register their claims so that they will carry out mining activities legally," said
Gold has been a source of vicious violence particularly in areas of Mberengwa
and Zvishavane where hordes of unemployed youth are operating in groups that
fight each other for gold rich areas. Many have been maimed while scores others have been killed in the fights. top story