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Two Men Arrested While Trying To Smuggle 40 Tonnes Of Lithium Ore To South Africa

Two Men Arrested While Trying To Smuggle 40 Tonnes Of Lithium Ore To South Africa

Two men from Mutoko have been arrested after they allegedly tried to smuggle 40 tonnes of lithium ore out of the country using a South African registered truck.

The duo Livingstone Barnet (32) and Raison Murima (30) were arrested on September 7, 2022, by police at a roadblock. One of the suspects identified as Tapiwa Nyauchi is on the run.

Barnet and Murima appeared before Mutoko magistrate Elijah Sibanda who remanded them out of custody to September 26 on $30 000 bail.

The truck remains at Mutoko police station laden with the ore pending laboratory tests on the mineral content of the ore, according to NewsDay Zimbabwe.

According to the State outline, the suspects face charges of contravening Section 368 of the Mines and Minerals Act relating to prospecting for any mineral, mineral ore or natural gas without a license or permit.


The State alleges that on September 7, 2022, the accused persons were intercepted at Rukanda business centre, Mutoko by police who searched their truck and discovered 40 tons of lithium ore.

The duo revealed that they had extracted the ore from Chishambiro area, in Mudzi. Upon arriving at the ‘mine’ police recovered two drill bits, one generator and some shovels.

In court, prosecutor Nathan Mujuru said smuggling of minerals must be viewed as economic sabotage and must attract a hefty sentence.

The accused persons had no mining certificates, or any other documents authorising them to remove any mineral from one place to the other.

This is happening as the manufacture of electric vehicles has increased demand for lithium which is essential for the production of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

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rude boy 4 months ago

ko mukadzi uya wekubatwa ne gold pa airport akazoitwasei nhai?

Surprised Onlooker 4 months ago

A circus of the application of our laws shameful.

The Adjudicator 4 months ago

ED must be voted President for life. Look at what they did to China by appointing their President for Life, that scenario must be assigned to Zim. A constitutional amendment for that is Crucial.

Vachingovukura isu Tichingotonga.

Regai ndimbonwira Glenfiddich hangu, l am coming back to see replies to my comment!


You 4 months ago

Disgraceful bootlicker

ED Shweeee 4 months ago

Congratulations, Amhlope, Makorokoto Wife President.

You have just managed to shorten your own life. Kuti munosvika 82 here Shefu?

Yoweeeeee 4 months ago

Eheeeka ED 4 life. Ediotic thinking by a warped mind that is typically a product of the Chitepo School of Ideology. ED will be mourned by millions of people. Like ER we will queue for 13 hrs to view his coffin. Tetichifara kuti raenda.I will sleep on top of the roof for 10days paying my last respects to ED. What a leader! Gud riddance.

Da Truth 4 months ago



Nyoka Longo 4 months ago

I am miffed by those hare brained robots programmed to always be parroting slogans bereft of anything. There should be incremental qualitative change in socio-economic conditions of the country. When that happens, you will not need to cajole and frighten people into saying slogans. Zvinoitika zvega.....nyama inonaka inotaura yega.
Useless fulminations by a few who are benefitting yet many people are struggling. Those few are the ones overpricing laptops at US$9000 when given tenders. Will not be part of the rot, let the satanic fringe enjoy but GOD will cleanse that in his time.

mhaka 4 months ago

mhaka imwe inosiyaniswa zvichibva nekuti wabuda mumba mani

China men 4 months ago

isu tichimora mahara

Maparamuro 4 months ago

Parliament is also involved in economic sabotage, so is Prisca Mupfumira, Wadyajena, Rushwaya...........the list is endless

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