Mugabe sends troops to start violence to back state of emergency

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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
Matabeleland North.

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 /

Mandi Chimene

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)

AVM Muchena

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

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