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Army Too Lenient On The 25th December Shooting

By Branton Matondo

Zimbabwe Citizens have recently blamed the army for failing to put the house in order as  civilian shootings  across the nation.

This comes after major cities across Zimbabwe have experienced robberies, murders and injuries of civilians from gun shootings by soldiers during the festive season.

While informing this publication political activist, Linda Masarira said that the army is not responding fully on the accused soldiers and its a taking a toll on the safety of the nation.

“It is worrisome when security members commit armed robbers, free on bail and are not put in protective care by the army; are allowed to go home and they continue in the robbing spree. It’s negligence on the part of the army” said Masarira.

The latest of the devastating rage of cases is the death of a civilian at Josiah Tungamirai Airforce base in Gweru on the 25th of December where a civilian identified as Ziyesa Tsvetera was shot in pursuit by a soldier identified by Gweru CID department as Spencer Chihanga.

Gweru residents were left devastated after the death of a promising young man.

Another case was reported in Kadoma where another suspected soldier shot and killed four people who were drinking beer on Christmas day

Every other day there is a case of misconduct or violence against civilians by members of the ZNA and ZRP in Zimbabwe.

Such cases have also been reported in Chegutu, Chipinge and Harare.

Meanwhile, police attacked a group of teachers who were demonstrating for their salary to be paid in US dollars at NSSA Building yesterday in Harare.

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union members (ARTUZ) were beaten and 16 of them were taken to Harare Central police station, they will appear in court tomorrow.