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MaShurugwi hold Shinsoman hostage on stage

The infamous machete-wielding gangs detained musician Shinsoman on stage in Chegutu and forced him to sing for their enjoyment for hours, making him sing one song all over again, the Daily News has reported.

This was revealed by the musician himself who narrated the ordeal to the publication:

“I HAD A SHOW IN KWEKWE WITH FREEMAN AND ALL THEY DID WAS FIGHT.  IN CHEGUTU IT WAS TOTAL HORROR. THEY MADE ME SING FOR HOURS. AFTER PERFORMING ONE SONG THEY WOULD MAKE ME REPEAT IT.”

In late 2018, ZimDancehall musician Winky D could not finish a show at Solomon’s in Kwekwe after machete-wielding thugs threatened to besiege his show. He bolted out from an emergency exit and made good his escape.

The MaShurugwi have headlined for weeks mostly for terrorising people, murder and robbery and fighting with law enforcement agents. 

This week, another group of the thugs attempted to overrun a police base in Gokwe North in as they tried to jailbreak for their colleagues who had been arrested the previous day for theft.

The 49 thugs from villages in Zhombe and Gokwe hired two kombis and drove to the police base where they were arrested after a stand-off with police.

Addressed to officer-in-charge Gokwe district and dated January 8, a leaked memo says that the heavily armed illegal panners, who arrived at the police base aboard two hired kombis, were later subdued and arrested after their leaders were shot and injured as they charged menacingly towards the police, threatening to overrun the station.

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The injured were admitted at Nembudziya and Gweru General hospitals under police guard, while their hired kombis were impounded together with a Toyota Wish used by their colleagues.

All the accused were expected to appear at the Gokwe Magistrates Court yesterday.

This comes as police have launched a national crackdown on machete gangs, accused of wreaking havoc in many parts of the country and committing heinous crimes such as rape, robbery and murder.

On 28th December, some machete-wielding gangs killed a police officer at Battlefields near Kadoma in what was apparently a revenge mission for the death of their ring leader in Chegutu a month before.

On New Year’s day in the morning, a machete-wielding trio attacked a registered gold dealer in Mvuma, murdered him and robbed him of US$700 and other valuables.

There have been calls for Government to deploy armed soldiers to deal with the machete-related attacks which many Zimbabweans feel have spiralled out of control.

People in gold-rich communities such as Zhombe, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Shurugwi, Mvuma and other areas are now living in fear of the machete gangs, who also openly bully local police at will.

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