Rogue Zim troops 'terrorise villagers'

2012-10-29 14:00

Cape Town - Zimbabwean troops are reportedly terrorising and intimidating villagers in Gokwe, where they are routinely addressing Zanu-PF campaign rallies and threatening "war" if the party loses in the forthcoming elections.

According to a NewsDay report, villagers said soldiers were encamped at Mapfungautsi Plateau, from where they were conducting several rallies at business centres and schools in the vast farming district.

Zimbabwe National Army spokesperson Colonel Alfios Makotore could not deny nor confirm the allegations, demanding, however to have the questions in writing, said the report.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who has repeatedly described state security sector reforms as a "no-go" area, denied that the party had engaged soldiers to lead its campaign.

"I have not received such reports. I think there are people pretending to be soldiers. I don’t think that our soldiers could get that far," Gumbo said.

Heavy military presence

The developments come at a time when military chiefs and Zanu-PF bigwigs have been repeatedly threatening anarchy if MDC leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wins the next presidential elections that President Robert Mugabe wants held in March.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed his party had received several reports of heavy military presence in most parts of the country, particularly the Midlands, Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland Central and West provinces.

"The party has received reports that some soldiers are intimidating villagers and threatening them with war if they do not vote for Zanu-PF in the forthcoming elections," Mwonzora said.

"That is why we are calling for security sector reforms. We will engage the international community such as SADC, the African Union and even the United Nations. That is why we have always said President Mugabe is indicating left, but turning right. He preaches peace and acts war. He is not bona fide in his calls for peace."

  • loki.scribus - 2012-10-29 14:04

    And this is Malema's supposed example of how things should be done? Silly little boy.

      morama.sebata - 2012-10-29 15:42

      Wow,Mugabe is the real leader who doesn't want his country to be run by western fools.Stand firm my leader and let those western countries sort out their economic crisis before thinking looting your diamonds and platinum!!!

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-29 16:13

      And so Bobs election Genocide begins yet again....people suddenly dissapearing... He should be tried for murder in The Haugue and hanged like a babboon from a tree...

      Jane - 2012-10-29 16:56

      @ Morama.sebata, seriously? He isn't standing strong against the West you idiot, it is his own fellow Zimbabweans they are threatening war on! No one in the West is starving because of Mugabe, it is his own people. You don't see Americans and Brits crossing our borders for hope of a job or food, what on earth do you mean stand strong. There is nothing left of Zimbabwe. And @ Vandross, we don't need the news to tell us how bad things are over there, just open your eyes and look how many Zimbabwean refugees are in SA, if things are so great there, why are they flooding into South Africa? Why do they tell us how they were beaten in Zim, or how family members disappeared, never to be seen again? There is no hope for Zim, and if SA doesn’t get rid of the likes of the Zuma’s and Malema’s soon, we will end up just like those refugees.

  • Rooinek007 - 2012-10-29 14:08

    Coming to a polling station near you

  • petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-29 14:10

    Dear Floyd Shivambo/Juliaas, Look at this example. It is the only way the ANC will remain in power for the next 20 years. Regards Common sense

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-29 15:17

      Yip and thats the problem..this thuggery is can see in Zim how much of a negative effect it has.

  • andremandela.julias - 2012-10-29 14:10

    The African Way. Keep struggling comrades.

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-10-29 14:53

    Our role model.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-29 15:08

    Very big when you have a gun and you intimidate innocent civilians, Lets see how you fare against a decent army unit lets say USMC...

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-29 15:16

    These thugs are rogues! They are bob-muppets. And this is nothing new! They have been terrorising villagers and the like since before so called independence. And this will escalate till elections....and now you can see why that goon has remained in power. He is a murderous thug and one day it will come out that he is no better than idiot amin fact he may even be worse.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-29 15:21

      And even worse then both of them is Malema!!!

  • nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-29 15:26

    Typical african mentality. If you dont want to vote for our party we will force you. I thought democracy works the other way around

      judah.moyo - 2012-10-30 15:39

      Not African politics but dictators'ways. Adolf Hitler was not an African, The KGB in Russia was not african, Nicholas the second and so on, Saddam included, were not Africans. Stop blaming Africans for the missdeeds of individual. All races, tribes, religions and regions have both bad and good examples of leaders and politicians. You must know that Ian Smith the then Rhodisian Prime Minister was actually a dictator, That is why he foolishly declared that there would be no majority rule in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe in a thousand years.

  • craig.moir.14 - 2012-10-29 16:23

    So 'rogue troops' is how Bob describes a planned intimidation campaign? Strange that a nation that is thriving under the democratic rule of ZANU PF should ever need to resort to such tactics.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-29 17:18

    Here we go again. African politics 101. Bob knows how it's done.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-29 17:22

    @ Morama, Instead he allows the country to be run by the biggest fool-himself.Speaking of economic crises, isn't he the guy who does not even have enough money to pay for the elections in Zimbabwe? Isn't he the guy who recently begged South Africa for another loan? What a leader! What a complete ASS!

  • thefat.canarie - 2012-10-29 17:46

    Can someone please put some poison in this fossil's tea? Even a good spray of DOOM should be sufficient in paralysing this member of the order of Blattaria or Blattodea (cockroach) Damn man, lets rid the continent of dictators like this!

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-29 19:26

    This is an African problem and a very serious one, South Africa too and neighbouring countries bordering Zimbabwe because once the situation and political situation is not good there, then AU and SADC must work hand in glove to solve the problem while it is still early. Then I urge military in Zimbabwe gave democracy a chance and do their work properly, which is to be away from politics and protect the soveeignty of Zimbabwe,citzens and their properties.

      warren.moore.7545 - 2012-10-30 03:24

      Well...those are good points worth considering. But here is the problem: Zimbabweans can not govern themselves without problems...they are just too clever fools. Zimbabweans are ethnically divided...if Mugabe goes tomorrow, by death or election...i guarantee u that there will be a civil war. Mugabe's presence is part of the solution...No War...his absence is a problem...I mean a big problem... How did Tsvangirayi get into politics: Tsvangirayi was pushed in by the Ndebeles in year 2000.It was a perfect plan which worked.The Ndebeles were using him as a tool to push Mugabe out soon as Mugabe was out..they then remove Tsvangirayi...that's why u see the MDC divided into 2 camps..after the original plan had failed... Is he going to be the next president...the qn is , what cost.??,is he likable..??, does he resonate with the Military..etc ??...I am failing to imagine that. The status quo is better for poor Zimbabweans....sometimes we need to over ride democratic principles to protect the people who can be killed just because so and so what to get into does not make any sense to me.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-10-30 03:18

    I wonder how will our own Nkosazana Zuma (AU) chairperson going to deal with this Becos the reason Y the Zanu Pf n Mugabe are still in Power it is partly Bcoss of the support they receive from our own SA govnmnt

  • scholesss - 2012-10-30 08:21

    toy soldiers

  • Ruzvidzo G Manyika - 2012-10-30 09:53

    This is typical anti-Mugabe hogwash meant to potray the President as a law breaker and a dictator. Where is the proof of this deployment save for the posting of a unsubstantiated allegation as news by fake journalists. Zimbabwe has an army like any country in the world and the army can move into any area it deems fit in it's pursuance of maintaining national security and preventing entry of foreign elements. why does Tsvangirai not engage the ZNA Commander on the matter instead of this stooge Mwonzora running to the papers with his drivel ? typical sellouts!

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