OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe
Edison Chiyangwa (51) the owner of Forever Gold Syndicate Mine in Totororo, Zhombe who is being accused of shooting to death Darlington Chiundura a machete gang member Thursday appeared in court and was further remanded out of custody to October 16.
Chiyangwa appeared before Kwekwe magistrate Florence Nago facing murder charges.
It is the state’s case that Chiyangwa allegedly shot and killed an illegal miner who was part of a machete wielding gang that had besieged his mine.
Appearing for the state, Meleni Nkala told the court that on 21 July and at around 2030 hours, Chiyangwa who is the owner of Forever Gold Syndicate Mine arrived at the mine in the company of Conerlias Dube (Convus Mhiripiri) with fourteen other artisanal miners intending to prospect for gold.
It is the state’s case that Chiyangwa was armed with a 357 Taurus pistol serial number PJ16808 loaded with five rounds.
After about two hours of prospecting the deceased Darlington Chiundura who was in the company of 29 male adults arrived at the mine armed with axes and machetes. It is further alleged that one of the gang members who were with the now late Chiundura approached Chiyangwa who was seated at the fire place, pulled a wooden log from the fire place and threw it at Chiyangwa.
The state said that Chiyangwa drew his firearm and fired towards Chiundura and his company. It said that the fired shots hit Chiundura leading to his death.
Police have since recovered a 357 Taurus pistol which Chiyangwa fired at the scene while three spent catridges from the same pistol were also recovered.
During the incident, Chiyangwa’ partner Mhiripiri suffered severe injuries all over his body that saw him being hospitalised. It is now reported that he is in a stable condition.
The Kwekwe Housing boss was freed on July, 25 having been granted a 2000ZWL bail by the High Court.