Panic and fear has hit the residents of Bulawayo following the invasion by gold panners as they are reportedly using the outskirts of the city to pan for the precious mineral.
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Bulawayo is the second capital of Zimbabwe and it is known for being an industrial city.Despite being known as a city of business , it had never been anticipated that the city would one day be invaded by gold panners to do what they know best.
This is after it was reported that the members of the society expressed concerns over the emergence of gold panning in Bulawayo.
The residents of Bulawayo's Queens Park East are reported to have highlighted that there was an emergence of gold panning in their area's outskirts.
They reportedly highlighted that the presence of the gold panners was a serious threat to their sense of peace and the land .The gold panners' continues invasion has been described as a major threat.
The invasion by gold panners has seen some cities outskirts being turned around as potential gold areas .The gold panners reportedly opt for the city outskirts instead of moving to into farms or other areas approved for gold.
The Sunday News is reported to have paid a visit to the area alleged to have been invaded by gold panners and the situation was reported to be calm.They paid a visit to the area the previous week.
Its reported that during the day , Queens Park East is quiet .The Sunday News highlighted that all they could see were women who were doing their everyday chores under a quiet atmosphere.
However ,it is reported that at night there comes a sudden turn of events as the area gets turned into a gold panning area with the panners working hard to get the gold.
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The residents fear that gold panning may have devastating impacts on the way of life in Bulawayo.They fear that there can be the birth of criminal activities if the illegal activities of gold panning are allowed to continue in Bulawayo.
A resident by the name Amon Dube is reported to have informed the Sunday News crew that they had heard of gold panners but they had never imagined them being part of the Bulawayo society.
He went on and highlighted that they have heard of some social ills that characterise gold panning areas. He added that they do not want gold panning to be part of the Bulawayo society as it comes with violence and social ills.
Amon highlighted that they feel so powerless on how they can put an end to the gold panning.
Amon went on and said that there is no single gold panning area that is peaceful, hence their presence is not a welcome development.
Another unnamed resident is reported to have highlighted that the presence of the gold panners in Bulawayo would put an end to low crime rate and peace that prevails in the country's second capital city.
The resident highlighted that what he is concerned about is the fact that the gold panners are not from Bulawayo.
He said that their origin is unknown and they only know their nicknames or first names.As a result, he said this makes it hard to trace these individuals when crimes are committed. He continued and reportedly added that he blames the gold panners for the increase in the crime rate .
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