Soldiers Banned From Wearing Camouflage Outside Their Barracks
The Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo is reported to have banned all soldiers from wearing their camouflage uniforms outside the military barracks. This includes soldiers who commute to and from their barracks.
The ban comes at a time when soldiers have been accused of perpetrating human rights violations such as arbitrary beatings and rapes and have also been accused of committing crimes such as robberies and kidnappings in their military fatigues.
Zim live reports that General Chimonyo has issued the directive in order to ensure the safety of soldiers outside of cantonment areas and to make it easier to identify the people who the military has alleged to be abusing the uniforms.
According to Zim live, part of the memo from General Chimonyo to military commanders which was dated February 6th, 2019, reads,
It has been noted with concern that ZNA uniform has been abused in offences being committed such as robbery, gold panning, fraud, theft and extortion among others. Some members have also been attacked by civilians whilst in uniforms.
…with immediate effect, no military uniform will be worn outside cantonment areas. This applies to members commuting to and from places of work, intra and inter-city commuting. Take note that after working hours members are to put on civilian clothes and leave their uniforms in cantonment areas,”
The military has strenuously denied that soldiers have been involved in the commission of any crimes and has instead blamed bogus soldiers.
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