The Centre for Natural Resources Governance (CNRG) director Farai Maguwu said he recently received death threats from a ZANU PF member for exposing gold looting allegedly masterminded by some ruling party bigwigs.
CNRG recently launched a 35-page report which claimed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally Scott Sakupwanya was at the centre of gold leakages and violence at Redwing Mine in Penhalonga.
More than 1 000 small-scale miners are said to be currently operating at the mine.
Maguwu on Sunday said he received death threats from Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna (ZANU PF) on Twitter. He said:
It’s very unfortunate that after the report, I received death threats from Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna on his Twitter (handle).
I want to make a police report on the matter because I am taking it seriously.
According to Maguwu, the alleged threat read: “He should be patriotic and happy to avoid early recall. Anger gnaws at your vitals and leads to early death.”
Speaking to NewsDay on Sunday, Nduna professed ignorance about the death threat made against Maguwu. He said:
I am not God, I don’t even know the person, he should first call me, (what) is the point of meeting him.
Civil Society Organisations have claimed that gold leakages and illegal gold mining have become a security threat to Zimbabwe by attracting criminals from beyond the country’s borders.