A Mudzi artisanal miner died after the mine shaft he was working in collapsed while prospecting for gold.
Rangarirai Hwide (25) was panning for gold along Nyamuzizi River in Chifukura Village under Chief Nechombo together with his colleague Tedious Sami when the tragedy struck.
Sami had to call for the assistance of other villagers and they retrieved Hwide’s lifeless body and reported the matter to the police.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the sad incident.
He urged members of the public to desist from unprofessional ways of conducting any mining activities but to use modern and safe means to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
“On May 10 this year, the now-deceased Rangarirai Hwide of Vhareta Village under Chief Nyamukoho in Mudzi and his colleague Tedious Sami of the same village allegedly hatched a plan to go and look for gold before proceeding to Nyamuzizi River in Chifukura Village under Chief Nechombo in Mudzi where on arrival Rangarirai allegedly entered into a mine shaft prospecting for the precious mineral.
“While doing so, the shaft allegedly 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 at Makosa police station who attended the scene.” Herald