Originally by Newsday
TWO rival gold panning groups at Jongwe Farm in Goromonzi reportedly engaged in a shootout on Wednesday, leaving one of panners seriously injured as the battle for the precious stone turned nasty.
Mashonaland East acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Tendai Mwanza could neither confirm nor deny the incident, referring questions to national police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, who confirmed the shooting.
“We confirm that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating the circumstances which led to a shooting incident involving rival miners at Jongwe Farm on April 10, 2018, where one person was seriously injured and is currently admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital. As police, we are appealing to members of the public that if they have disputes of any sort, whether it’s a transaction, they should not take the law into their own hands,” he said.
He also confirmed that the farm was now under guard and that the culprit is yet to be apprehended.
“We are conducting investigations and we will release more information as investigations progress. The ZRP and other security forces are currently in the process of bringing order at Jongwe Farm. So we are appealing to all concerned parties to co-operate with security services in this respect,” Nyathi said.