A ZANU-PF youth was shot dead yesterday by alleged members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Central Intelligence Organisation operatives at Gadzema mine in Chegutu.
His body was then covered in a piece of cloth with President Mnangagwa’s face.
According to National Patriotic Front spokesperson Jealousy Mawarie, who shared the image on his Twitter page, the deceased is believed to be part of about 5,000 ZANU-PF youths who had invaded the mine.
“(It is) ironic they had to use a cloth branded with ED’s picture to cover the body,” Mawarire said.
The youthful miners, gathered under a cooperative called Danangwe District Youth in Mining (DDYM), have for weeks been resisting eviction from the gold-rich Gadzema mine in Chegutu, which is owned by a company called Breckridge.
Riot police tried to again enforce the eviction on Thursday but found themselves overwhelmed the youths numbering over 2,000.
Lovemore Feyani, 30, who was identified as a well-known Zanu PF activist, died after he was shot, apparently after police used live ammunition to try and disperse the youths who were throwing stones and menacingly charging at their position.
Gold wars are commonplace across Zimbabwe, with unemployed youths often involved in clashes with mine owners after invading their mines looking for the precious mineral.