“Bogus Soldier”: We Were Given The Army Uniforms At Zanu-PF Head Quarters
A self-confessed Zanu-PF Youth League Member who was arrested for a string of robbers which he committed while wearing military fatigues has pointed the finger at the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Shepherd Magorimbo, who was arrested last week told the state prosecutors during vetting that he was a member of the Zanu-PF Youth League and that he had been given the military uniforms at the Zanu-PF Headquarters following the #ShutdownZimbabwe protests last month. The Standard reports that Magorimbo told the prosecutor,
We were given the uniform at the party office.
He will be back in court to this week two face two counts of robbery after his case was postponed three times last week. He is currently incarcerated at the Harare Remand Prison. The prosecutor opposed the bail application saying that he had been instructed by Commander Defence Forces (CDF) General Phillip Valerio Sibanda not to release any people who were arrested in military fatigues as they were bringing the military into disrepute.
After the protests, the government launched a brutal crackdown on civilians and soldiers were accused of breaking into people’s homes during the middle of the night and brutally assaulting residents. At least 17 people are reported to have died while close to a hundred people sustained gunshot wounds with scores more brutally assaulted. There have also been allegations of rape made against the soldiers.
However, both the army and the police have denied that their members participated in any of the abuses and instead blamed the crimes on bogus soldiers.
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