The Zimbabwe Republic Police have arrested 11 people for theft of gold ore and 59 kgs of gold was recovered at their base in Shamva yesterday.
According to the ZRP National spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the accused will appear in court soon.
“11 people were arrested in Shamva for theft of gold ore and 59 kgs of gold was recovered, while 11 others were arrested in Odzi for illegal gold panning. The accused persons will be referred to court soon,” he said.
Meanwhile Minex, organisers of countrywide exhibitions for small scale miners have reintroduced Minex in Mashonaland Central. The Minex expo is slated for the 26th of March this year in Shamva.
The reintroduction was also prompted by the need to give the increasing number of Minex stakeholders and small scale miners in the province a chance to network and strengthen linkages for maximising output.
Shamva was chosen this time due to the high concentration of miners and its proximity to gold ore rich areas such as Mazowe and Bindura.
Mashonaland Central is endowed with rich gold deposits in Mazowe, Bindura, Guruve, and Shamva among other districts. The Great Dyke, a geological feature-rich in several minerals including chrome, also runs through the province.
Many small scale miners are exploiting the rich chrome deposits while thousands of artisanal miners eke out a living digging and panning for gold.