Mine Guards In Court For Killing, Injuring Gold Panners

By Kenneth Matimaire

Mutare, August 30, 2016 – REDWING Mine’s three security guards who allegedly shot a gold panner dead and critically injured another, appeared in court on Monday facing murder and attempted murder charges.

The first security guard, Cleton Matsika (35) was charged with murder as defined in Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

His two other workmates William Mutuswa (46) and Benedict Chikanda (53) were charged separately facing attempted murder charges as defined in Section 189 as read with Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

It is the State’s case that on August 26 Matsika, armed with a 303 service rifle, allegedly gunned down a gold panner who was illegally mining in Redwing Mine’s gold claims.

The State further indicated that on the very same day, Mutuswa and Chikanda severely injured David Madzikatire, one of the illegal gold panners using their CZ pistols.

The three were not asked to plead when they appeared before Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira.

“On 26 August and around 900 hours the accused person (Cleton Matsika) who is a security guard, was on duty at Redwing Mine, Penhalonga and was armed with a 303 service rifle. He encountered a group of illegal gold panners. The accused person opened fire at the illegal gold panners and shot the now deceased on the left side of the abdomen and he died on the spot,” reads the State outline.

The outline further stated that on the very same day, “the accused persons (William Mutuswa and Benedict Chikanda) are security who were on duty at redwing Mine, Penhalonga and were armed with CZ pistols. They encountered a group of illegal gold panners. The accused persons opened fire at illegal gold panners and shot David Madzikatire in the stomach. Madzikatire suffered severe injury.”

The three were freed on $100 bail each and ordered to return back to court on September 12.