- Raid on illegal miners countrywide recovers 600kg of gold
- Raid done by FPR, State security agents
A SERIES of co-ordinated raids recently executed by Fidelity Printers and Refinery (FPR), accompanied by the State security agents targeting illegal miners countrywide reportedly led to the recovery of close to 600kg of gold.
The raids were executed countrywide in the period stretching from mid-January to end of February.
The raids saw many illegal miners being arrested in numerous mining areas, around the country.
FPR is a security printing and gold refinery company wholly owned by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. It was established in 1966.
The general manager of FPR, Fradreck Kunaka, refused to issue out a comment pertaining to the raids, saying it was not within his powers to do so.
“We have heard reports of gold being smuggled outside the country by some unscrupulous people, and we believe the relevant authorities are looking into curbing this malpractice in order to retain as much gold mined in the country (as possible),” Kunaka said.
“We cannot put a figure on the amount of gold lost through smuggling per month as the smuggling of gold is an illegal exercise that has no records to (allow us) to track the amount of gold lost,” Kunaka added.