One dies, one seriously injured as Chinese national opens gunfire at miners


Deadly clash at Zhombe mines leaves one dead, two injured

In a harrowing turn of events, a dispute over mining claims has turned deadly in the Zhombe region. A Chinese national, Cai Yulong, stands accused of murder, attempted murder, and assault following a violent confrontation with a group of local miners.

The incident occurred on May 26th, 2024, at the Blackhand 10 Mine in Zhombe. According to the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe, Goni Goni (23), Komborerai Shariwa (24), John Muchawaya (34), and Lovemore Mapfanya (20) were working underground when they allegedly encroached onto a shaft owned by Cai Yulong at the nearby Blue Belle Mine.

Prosecutors allege that Cai, armed with a pistol, approached the group and opened fire. Goni Goni was struck once in the left thigh and died at the scene. John Muchawaya sustained three gunshot wounds – once in the left knee, once in the right ankle, and once in the left thigh. He is currently receiving treatment at Kwekwe General Hospital.

The fourth miner, Lovemore Mapfanya, managed to flee the scene and reported the incident to the authorities, leading to Cai Yulong’s arrest. Prosecutors further allege that Cai struck Mapfanya once in the head with his fist.

Cai Yulong, a 58-year-old Chinese national residing at Stone Still Mine 10 on Marandure Farm in Zhombe, has been charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of assault. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on June 11th, 2024.

The tragic incident has sent shockwaves through the local mining community, raising concerns about the escalating tensions and the need for better conflict resolution mechanisms in the industry.

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