Chinese mine manager who shot and injured workers in Gweru released on $10 000 bail. He is expected back in court on 6 August.
A Chinese national Zhang Xuelin (41) who is accused of shooting his employees over a salary dispute at Reden Mine located in Shamrock Gweru recently, was granted $10 000 bail by a High Court Judge in Masvingo.
In granting Xuelin bail on Tuesday, Justice Garainesu Mawadze ordered Xuelin to reside at his known address number 1 Maple Road, Windsor Park in Gweru and to report at ZRP Gweru every Friday until the case is finalised.
Xuelin was also ordered not to interfere with state witnesses. Justice Mawadze ordered the accused to surrender his passport and temporary resident permit with the Clerk of Court in Gweru.
He will also be subjected to any immigration regulations in terms of the law.
Xuelin who was arrested three weeks ago for shooting and injuring two employees Wendy Chikwaira (30) and Kennedy Tachiona (39), first appeared at the Gweru magistrates court on the 22nd of June, 2020 and was remanded in custody to 7 July, 2020.
The Chinese national appeared before Magistrate Edwin Marecha and was not asked to plead since he had no ‘certified’ interpreter.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Tachiona who was shot 5 times by Xeulin is now disabled.
Tachiona was one of the many workers who had confronted Zhang after he reneged on an earlier agreement to pay his workers in United States Dollars. The workers were not happy when Zhang insisted on paying them in the local currency. However, Zhang overreacted and shot Tachiona five times, three times in the right leg, and two times in the left leg.
It is said Xeulin further kicked Tachiona with his booted feet all over his body. Xuelin then fired one shot towards other workers and the bullet grazed the second complainant Wendy Chikwaira’s chin and he suffered a serious wound on the chin and the other workers dispersed.