Harare – Zimbabwean soldiers reportedly ran amok and "mercilessly" attacked members of the police, much to the amusement of the on-looking public in Harare on Tuesday.
According to New Zimbabwe.com, a group of soldiers who were armed with sjamboks, logs, and sticks chased down members of the country's infamous police along Robert Mugabe Road.
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The soldiers reportedly came from all directions and drove some of the police officers into the Harare central police station.
It was not immediately clear why the soldiers attacked the police, but some witnesses alleged that the soldiers were reiterating against spikes that had been thrown by the police under military vehicles in the capital.
"This is not good. The fights are frightening but, I heard that the soldiers were provoked when traffic police threw spikes on a moving army truck in the CBD," an unidentified taxi driver was quoted as saying.
Zimbabwean police have in recent months been accused of using unconventional tactics when dealing with the public and this has led to an uproar across the southern African country.
In July, one of the southern African country's despised traffic cops was battered by angry residents after he allegedly caused a minibus carrying passengers to veer off the road and crash into a hardware store in Bulawayo.
Meanwhile, social media went abuzz on Tuesday after the rarely seen display against the notorious police.
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Some social media users expressed their delight over the incident, while others said they were shocked and that they feared that the incident was part of the ongoing factional fights within the ruling Zanu-PF.
According to reports tensions were rising within the revolutionary party, as two factions were vying for the ageing Mugabe's job.
Mugabe, 93, last week alleged that the military was plotting a coup against him.
The nonagenarian said that the military involvement in the internal politics of the ruling Zanu-PF party was tantamount to "a coup".
Social media reaction
What happened yesterday is totally unacceptable in a democratic country like Zimbabwe. The Army is not there to discipline the police. https://t.co/BHkN2T33CC— Rodger Magagani (@RodgerMagagani) August 2, 2017
Zimbabwe National Army taking one for the team— RM (@RueMuchie) August 1, 2017
Ladies and Gentlemen,— Shake The Spear (@Lord_Kirk) August 1, 2017
Allow me to thank the brave members of the Zimbabwe National Army for their service! pic.twitter.com/PpVK6mm4Sk