Death in a mine shaft

By Samantha Sumani

MINING communities should prioritise safety in all their mining operations to avoid accidents at
work places, police have recommended.
The ZRP acting provincial spokesperson, Sergeant Major Samuel Chikasha, urged those operating
illegally to regularise their operations and operate under rules and regulations governing safe
operations of registered mines.
His comments come after Nkosilomusa Khabo of Moyo Business Centre in Mount Darwin, died in a
mine shaft on 12 November 2022 in the morning.

Khabo was in the company of Julius Gatsi (32) of Zvomuya Village under Chief Mutumba, Madziwa
where they were working inside the shaft when a big block suddenly collapsed and hit him on the
head. He died instantly.
After the incident Gatsi informed a friend, Stanford Chirume (45), of Chirume claim, Chin Mine, Mt
Darwin. They teamed up and retrieved Khabo’s body from the shaft.
Gatsi later made a report at Mt Darwin Police, who attended the scene. The body was taken to Mt
Darwin Hospital mortuary for post mortem. No foul play was suspected.

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