Artisanal miner buried alive
By Sibongile Nyika
MARONDERA-A Mudzi artisanal miner died after the mine shaft he was working in allegedly collapsed and buried him alive.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson who confirmed the incident has since warned members of the public to desist from unprofessional ways of mining, but to use modern and safe methods to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi said on May 10 this year, the now deceased Rangarirai Hwide (25) of Vhareta Village under Chief Nyamukoho in Mudzi and his colleague Tedious Sami (21) of the same village allegedly hatched a plan to go and look for gold. They proceeded to Nyamuzizi River in Chifukura Village under Chief Nechombo in Mudzi. There, Rangarirai allegedly entered into a mine shaft prospecting for the precious mineral.
However, while doing so, the shaft collapsed and buried him inside.
His colleague then called for help resulting in nearby villagers rushing to the scene where they managed to retrieve Rangarirai’s lifeless body.
A report was then made and police from Makosa police station attended the scene.