President Mnangagwa yesterday mourned the death of Lance Corporal Lorance Mupanganyama, a member of the Zimbabwe National Army who was killed in the Chivhu shooting incident on Saturday.
A second ZNA member, Corporal Peter Zvirevo is nursing serious gunshot injuries and admitted at a Harare hospital.
In a statement, the President — who is the Commander-in-thief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces — said the cowardly attack must be condemned.
“It was with a deep sense of shock and great sadness that I learnt about the Chivhu shooting incident on Saturday afternoon, which claimed the Ilk of one serving member of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lance Corporal Lorance Mupanganyama and left the second member, Corporal Peter Zvirevo, with serious gunshot injuries.
“This cowardly and senseless attack by an assailant on the two soldiers who were enforcing lockdown measures aimed at mitigat-ing the spread oft he deadly coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) at the police base near Chivhu Chicken Inn, must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all peace-loving Zimbabweans.” President Mnangagwa said the Government would not tolerate attacks on the security establishment.
“Government will not tolerate anyone who attacks, harms or kills any member of the security establishment, let alone disarming and unlawfully taking arms of war in their possession.
Any breath of this nature will attract severe punishment. “The role played by members of the public at the Chivhu crime scene when they rendered help to the injured soldiers and took them to the nearest health facility is highly commendable and exemplary.
Their actions were a show of great compassion and high respect for the work our soldiers do to ensure national security and a demonstration of the spirit of Ubuntu that has come to characterize our great Nation.
“On behalf of Government, the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, and on my own behalf I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Lance Corporal Mupanganyama on his untimely death.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. “In the same breath, I wish speedy recovery to Corporal Peter Zvirevo who sustained injuries during the attack and to Corporal Stanalious Chiunye, who was shot at yesterday (Sunday) in the course of apprehending the suspected assailants.
Our hearts and prayers are with all the affected families.” Meanwhile, outside of politics, a majority of Zimbabweans on social media expressed their appreciation for the job done by secu-rity forces who tracked the suspected assailants on Sunday.