Defence Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri  has shot down claims that she was sponsoring makorokoza in in Penhalonga. 

 “I also hear that there are people claiming that these plots are mine and I am allowing these people to operate illegally. Those are lies, whoever is saying that is just out to tarnish my name, the real culprits we know them. Government will take back its land if the farmers do not want to utilise it, and if that land is meant to be mined it will be done legally,” she said. 

At least 186 illegal gold panners have been arrested in Penhalonga under an operation code named Chikorokoza Ngachipere.