A Shamva miner, John Maungwa, who is involved in a mining dispute with a woman who once claimed to be President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s daughter, Chantelle Chikafu, was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing gold ore from a mine he owns.
Maungwa was arrested by police after Chikafu made a report that the miner had stolen 390 tonnes of gold ore, which she said she had mined together with Shamva North MP, Oscar Gorerino (ZANU PF).
Chikafu’s gang working in cahoots with Gorerino had violently grabbed Wickman 23 Mine in Umfurudzi Game Park from Maungwa but High Court judge Justice Jacob Manzunzu on April 29 ruled that he [Maungwa] be restored possession of the mine.
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While Mashonaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe could not confirm or deny Maungwa’s arrest, a NewsDay source confirmed Maungwa’s arrest. He said:
He [Maungwa] has no case. How can he steal his own ore? These people were illegally mining on his mining claims and when the High Court restored him to resume operations Chikafu then made a report that Maungwa had stolen her gold ore.
This is just a way by Chikafu and Gorerino to fix him because he has won the rights to his mine.
To show you that they wanted to fix him, the police officer, a detective Pasipanodya from Bindura Criminal Investigations Minerals and Flora and Fauna who arrested him, tricked him telling him that he was supposed to go to court.
Maungwa went to the courts and waited for the detective, but he was in no show. When he realised that the courts were about to close for the day he appeared and ordered him to the police station where he advised him that he had orders to detain him