Close to 11 tonnes of gold ore held as exhibit by police is alleged to have disappeared, it has emerged.
The gold ore was allegedly confiscated by the police Minerals and Border Control Unit (MBCU) in Shurugwi.
The gold was confiscated from Mas6aisai, a five-member mining consortium which was accused of conducting illegal mining operations.
This came to light after Sabastian Dzingirai hauled the mining consortium before the court.
Gilbert Makumbe, one of the Masaisai Directors said:
“We went to the prosecutor and got a letter for us to be given back our gold ore by the police. However, when they took us to the mine where it was kept, they showed us a heap of soil, about three tonnes, and said this is your ore. We refused because that was not our ore.
When we asked around at the mine, some people said the police officers came back and milled the ore and got about 2kg of gold. We have been trying to recover the ore since last year, but nothing has come up to date.”
The Police were not in a position to comment.
The investigating officer, Constable Rovodzayi said:
“I am aware of the case but I am not allowed to comment to the Press. Get hold of my bosses.”