An armed man believed to be part of a four machete-wielding gang that terrorised Chinhoyi residents was killed while resisting arrest by members of the public.
According to the Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the suspect, Edmore Kaitano, was apprehended and fatally assaulted by members of the public. He later died on the way to Sanyati Baptist Hospital.
He added that the other three were arrested, with one in hospital after being shot and injured by the police.
“The four are suspected to belong to a gang that recently went on the rampage, robbing a shop, setting five huts on fire and assaulting villagers while wielding machetes and a spear.
“The suspects, arrested on Saturday are Takesure Mashonga Gasura, George Ncube and Pritchard Banda.
“Banda is currently hospitalised after being shot on the knee while resisting arrest,” said Asst Insp Nyathi.
Ass Insp Nyathi also assured the public that police officers are firm on the ground to deal with all criminal elements.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to warn machete gangs that they only have themselves to blame should they continue to harass and terrorise innocent members of the public.
“Police would like to assure the public that we are firm on the ground to deal with all criminal elements,” he said.
Meanwhile, he advised the public that Jumbo mine and its environs are now a no go area with immediate effect.
“The ZRP has intensified the maintenance of law & order at Jumbo area in Mazowe. A team of senior officers visited the area on progress check this afternoon.
” Members of the public are accordingly advised that Jumbo mine and its environs are now a no go area with immediate effect.
“People within the area such as miners and farmers who may harbor illegal miners or machete gangs are advised that the long arm of the law will catch up with them,” he added.