Mnangagwa Trembles As Soldiers Tear His Posters
2 August 2023
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has recalled all soldiers on leave back to the barracks after reports of some defacing his campaign posters in some parts of Harare.

An online news portal, NewsHawks, reports that Mnangagwa has extended the leave termination to soldiers at Cleveland Shooting Range in Arcturus, Harare.

The decision was taken after reports that some soldiers were rampaging at night, defacing Mnangagwa’s campaign posters in Mabvuku, Harare, resulting in Zanu PF officials complaining. A source told The NewsHawks: “The regiments stationed at Cleveland Shooting Range in Harare are being dismantled today, 28 July as soon as the Air Force competition ends. “Soldiers based at the range, especially from 2 Brigade in Harare, Artillery in Shamva and 3 Brigade in Mutare were alleged to have had sprees of tearing Zanu PF President ED’s posters in Mabvuku. The Zanu PF Mabvuku leadership raised a complaint that the soldiers were a menace, especially at night. The order to totally demobilise the range is immediate. All soldiers are going back to their barracks where they were also forced to register at their polling stations.” A CIO-run structure, Forever Associates Zimbabwe (FAZ, has taken over the running of the upcoming elections, with the army playing a peripheral role.

FAZ is led by CIO co-deputy director-general, retired Brigadier-General Walter Tapfumaneyi. This has created tensions within the security forces.