Chinese Man Shoots Gweru Mine Workers Over Salary

By Felix Ifijeh

A Chinese national allegedly shot and injured two employees at Reeden Mine, 25km outside Gweru, over an outstanding salary dispute.

This was after the two had demanded their outstanding salary from Zhang, who happens to be the mine owner and general manager.

Zhang Xueun, 41, has shots Wendy Chikwaira, 31, and Kennedy Tachiona, 39, at point blank range. Chikwaira was treated and discharged from the hospital after he received bullet which grazed his chin, meanwhile Tichaona was shot in the right leg and left thigh.

Zhang has been arrested and detained ahead of court appearance for attempted murder.

The Chinese embassy released a statement and said they stand behind the police’s decision to arrest Zhang.

“We firmly support Zimbabwe’s law enforcement agencies to transparently and openly investigate and handle the case in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe.”

“Any possible illegal acts and persons who violate the law should not be shielded,”

The embassy said the miner had no links with the Chinese government and the embassy had no “law enforcement authority over the enterprise,”

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions have severally condemned the abuse of Zimbabwean employees by their Chinese employers.

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