Army deploys battalion to campaign for ZANU PF

July 19, 2012 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

By Tichaona Sibanda
Soldiers from the 3.2 infantry battalion at Tsanzaguru, outside Rusape have
been deployed in Nyazura for an exercise, but their real goal is to campaign
for ZANU PF, villagers said on Wednesday.

Truck loads of army vehicles dropped off close to 400 troops at Gwangwaza
shopping centre late on Sunday. They were being transported from their main
base at Tsanzaguru, which is 30 km away. Reports say so far they’ve not
physically harmed anyone, but have been roaming the area menacingly.

The heavily armed soldiers have been telling villagers they’re in the area
for a training exercise, although they are singing revolutionary ZANU PF
songs and toy-toying.

David Makosa, a villager who resides close to the shopping centre, queried
why, if they were on an exercise, the soldiers were warning people against
voting for the MDC. He said that they’re moving door to door, urging people
to vote ZANU PF and not to forget what happened in 2008. This is in
reference to the state sponsored violence that rocked the country four years
when over 500 MDC-T supporters lost their lives, tens of thousands were
injured and over half a million displaced.

‘As far as we are concerned this is not a military exercise, but a campaign
exercise by the army for ZANU PF. Interestingly, the same soldiers are
moving around the villages scrounging for food,’ Makosa said.

He observed that pupils from Mupangwi primary and Ruombwe secondary schools
have stopped attending lessons out of fear of the soldiers, a situation they
described as ‘very intimidating.’

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