An amazing 200 top Zimbabwe Defence Forces have been deployed countrywide to spearhead an orgy of violence while drumming up support for Robert Mugabe ahead of anticipated run-off presidential elections.
The officers will command what is being termed “troops”.
The troops consists of war veterans and Zanu-PF militants and the ruthless Green Bombers.
Already violent campaigns have been launched in parts of Masvingo and
The teams are already on the ground.
Yesterday riot police fought running battles with farm invaders who looted farm equipment and produce following fresh farm invasions in some areas of Masvingo province in southern Zimbabwe..
Scores of people were injured as police battled to evict the invaders from farms they had occupied with the blessing of Mugabe’s government.
The invaders, most of them ruling party activists, including war veterans stole live chickens and damaged trucks at Antony Mitchell’s farm about 300 kilometres south of the capital Harare.
Although no arrests were made the police said they had removed most of the farm invaders from properties, all of them white owned.
At Victoria Farm the invaders took Godfrey Goddard the farm owner hostage for hours and demanded food from him. They then threatened to slaughter his dairy cows but were stopped by the riot police.
The officer commanding Masvingo province Assistant Commissioner Mhekia Tanyanyiwa yesterday confirmed the evictions adding that the police would “keep an eagle’s eye on developments”.
“We managed to remove all the invades from the occupied farms after realising that they were now committing crimes such as looting of farm equipment and produce and threatening to kill the farm owners,” said Tanyanyiwa.
“As of now the situation is under control and the affected white farmers are safe.”
At Panyanda Farm owned by Graham Richards the invaders ransacked Panyanda Lodge and tourist booked there scamper to safety.
The invaders who were moving in truck also threatened to kill John Bolland the owner of Chidza Farm after he resisted their move to evict him.
Zimbabwe national Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Phillip V Sibanda will command the operation with the assistance of Maj. Gen. Nick Dube, while General Constantine Chiwenga will be the overall commander of the operation. He will be assisted by Maj. Gen Last Mugova and Col. S. Mudambo.
Harare Metropolitan Province AVM Karakadzai + CIO
Bulawayo Province Col. C. Sibanda
Bulawayo central Maj. J. Ndhlovu / Maj. J. Ncube
Manicaland and Mutare South Brig. Tarumbwa
Buhera Central Col. M. Mzilikazi (MID)
Buhera North Maj. L. M. Svosve
Buhera South Maj. D. Muchena
Buhera West Lt. Col. Kamonge / Major Nhachi
Chimanimani East Lt. Col. Murecherwa
Chimanimani West Maj. Mabvuu
Headlands Col. Mutsvunguma
Makoni North Maj. V. Chisuko
Makoni South Wing Commander Mandeya
Mutare Central Lt. Col. Tsodzai / Lt. Col. Sedze /
Mutare West Lt. Col. B. Kashiri
Mutare North Lt. Col. Chizengwe / Lt. Col. Mazaiwana
Mashonaland Central Brig. Gen. Shungu
Bindura South Col. Chipwere
Bindura North Lt. Col. Parwada
Muzarabani North Lt. Col. Kazaza
Muzarabani South Maj. H. Maziri
Rushinga Col. F. Mhonda / Lt. Col. Betheuni
Shamva North Lt. Col. Dzuda
Shamva South Makumire
Midlands AVM Muchena / Brig. Gen. S. B.
Moyo Lt Colonel Kuhuni
Chirumhanzu South Maj T. Tsvangirai
Mberengwa east Col. B. Mavire
Mberengwa West Maj T. Marufu
Matebeleland South AVM Abu Basutu
Beit Bridge East Group Cpt. Mayera / Rtd. Maj. Mbedze / Lt. Col. B. Moyo
Gwanda South Maj J. D. Moyo
Gwanda Central Maj. B. Tshuma
Matopo North Lt. Col. Maphosa
Matebeleland North Brig. Gen. Khumalo
Binga North Maj E. S. Matonga
Lupane East Lt Col. Mkwananzi
Lupane West Lt Col. Mabhena
Tsholotsho Lt. Col. Mlalazi
Hwange Central Lt. Col P. Ndhlovu
Masvingo Province Maj. Gen. E. A. Rugeje / Rtd. Maj. Gen
Gibson Mashingaidze Rtd. Brig. General
Bikita West Maj. B. R. Murwira
Chiredzi Central Col G. Mashava
Chiredzi West Maj. E. Gono
Gutu South Maj. Chimedza (Medical Doctor)
Masvingo Lt. Col. Takavingofa
Mwenezi West Lt. Col. Muchono
Mwenezi East Lt. Col. Mpabanga
Zaka East Maj. R. Kwenda
Mash West Province Brig. Gen. Sigauke
Chinhoyi Col Gwekwerere
Chegutu East Lt. Colonel W. Tutisa
Hurungwe East Lt. Col. B. Mabambe
Mhondoro Mubaira Col. C. T. Gurira
Zvimba North Cpt. T. Majongwe
Mashonaland East Brig. Gen. D. Nyikayaramba / Rtd. Brig Gen
Chikomba Central Lt. Col. Marara
Gromonzi North Lt Col. Mudzimba / Maj F. Mbewe
Marondera Central Maj. Gen. Chedondo (COSG) / Lt. Col B. Kashiri
Marondera West Squadron Leader U. Chitauro
Murehwa South Maj. Gurure
Murehwa North Lt. Col. Mukurazhizha / Lt. Col. Chinete