By Own Correspondent| A highly reliable source within the army has revealed to ZimEye.com that soldiers have closed off all major urban centres in the country in protest to government’s move to reduce their salaries by ZWL$1000.
Members of the military were apparently warned last month that they will receive reduced salaries this month (June) because a back pay that had been spread for four months – February to May – has been paid up.
Contacted for a comment, military spokesman Col Overson Mugwisi had a different story. He told ZimEye the ongoing military deployment is all to do with the coronavirus lockdown.
“Talk to the police,they’re in charge of the lockdown,” he said, referring to the COVID lockdown.
Below is a roll if his responses:’Who is turning away people? My brother I think you know the truth that lockdown measures are being done by the police.
“I really don’t know why you have an obsession of talking to the military…
“Talk to the police,they’re in charge of the lockdown…”
Military spokesman (O Mugwisi-OM): Who is turning away people? My brother I think you know the truth that lockdown measures are being done by the police. I really don't know why you have an obsession of talking to the military…Talk to the police,theyre charge of the lockdown.. pic.twitter.com/n7yxMsNnxp— ZimEye (@ZimEye) June 16, 2020
But the lockdown was scaled down to Level 2 week, with ZANU PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa announcing saying, people should now return to work to rebuild the economy.
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People being turned away in the capital city Harare, at turnoff in Arcturus as well off Mabvuku tatodzima mota kupaka." pic.twitter.com/52nIhyUjZg— ZimEye (@ZimEye) June 16, 2020
Soldiers turning people away in Luveve rd, Bulawayo pic.twitter.com/uq9VGNXkfQ— ZimEye (@ZimEye) June 16, 2020
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In a memorandum dated 28 May 2020, Lieutenant J.V. Nsimba said the cessation of the back pay will result in reduced net salaries for members of the military.
This is a developing story, more details to be provided as they unfold.