Zanu PF Midlands bigwig loses son to machete gang in gold turf wars

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Zanu PF Midlands Provincial boss has lost his son to machete gangs following gold turf wars in the mineral rich province it has emerged.

The governing party’s chairperson Daniel Mackenzie Ncube confirmed to this publication that he was heartbroken following his son’s death.

“Its true i last week lost my son to machete gangs. His name is Brian Mackenzie,” Ncube said. 

Ncube is also a former Zhombe Member of Parliament. 

He left the seat for Eddie Samambwa in the 2018 elections when he went for the senatorial seat. 

Ncube said details were not clear on what happened on the fateful day.

He pointed out the discovery of gold as the source of the problem. 

“It’s not quite clear. Gold was discovered at his grandmother’s homestead. That was the source of the problem. In terms what really happened nobody has a straight answer,” he said.

Police are currently investigating the murder. 

The body is currently in Bulawayo for postmortem, while burial is likely to be tomorrow at Mackenzie homestead,Sengezi School. 

This publication gathered that the now deceased was on Saturday butchered by the machete gang weilders following a gold rush in Senkwasi Zhombe.

The young Mackenzie is believed to have been a well known gold buyer in the Zhombe area that made him a target by a number of gold panners sources said.

“On Friday there was a gold rush in Senkwasi near Mackenzie’s homestead, it was from that night were the now deceased decided to go to the site,” a source said.

It has been gathered that while the deceased was in the company of his friends a gang called him pretending to enquire about certain information.

“An unidentied gang called the deceased near the gate saying that they wanted to confirm something from him since he lived in the village where there was a gold rush” sources said.

After he had taken time without returning to his friends, they decided to look for him.

It has been gathered that they found his mutilated body in the early hours of Saturday.

Efforts to reach the Midlands Police spokesperson person Joel Goko to confirm on the case proved to be fruitless since  he is in Harare

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