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Hwindi soldiers embarrass Army

…as desperate gunmen
hustle it out on streets as mahwindi


The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has distanced itself from the activities of
its wayward members who seek to supplement their salaries through means that
are unprofessional and outside of the organisation’s mandate, TellZim News can
Responding to questions
in the wake of the death of a soldier in an accident at old Croco Motors on
January 10, ZNA spokesperson Col Overson Mugwisi said the duty of soldiers was
to defend the country and not to indulge in unprofessional hustles.
“I have not received any
complaint regarding the issue of our members who practice touting and I would
have wanted you to identify those who are doing it for me. As you know, the
duty of soldiers is to defend the country as per the mandate of ZNA,” said
He said disciplinary
action will be taken against members who are found to be breaking the
guidelines of their professional duties in order to protect the reputation of
the organisation.
Mugwisi, however,
feigned ignorance of the death of Lance Corporal Mufaro Jongwe while doing
touting work at old Croco Motors in Masvingo.
Jongwe, who was a
well-known tout at the pick-up point, was helping to load a stationary
Harare-bound Bercam bus when he was crushed by the same bus after he ran after
it when it took off.
As the bus moved
forward, Jongwe had reportedly hopped onto it but he missed his step twice and
fell on the ground before the vehicle ran over his head.
The soldier, who is
survived by a wife and two children, was buried on Monday, January 13, in
Vuranda village of Chivi district.
He was sent off with
requisite military honours while his colleagues in the touting business also
trooped to his homestead to pay their last respect.
“He was a fantastic
colleague who had mastered the crude requirements of our work. He was a soldier,
yes, but he suffered like the rest of us. The money that junior officers are
getting is not enough so we can’t fault him for trying to find extra means to
fend for his family,” said one distraught tout.
Many serving members of
the army are openly practicing touting when they are outside of their
professional work as part efforts to survive the harsh economic realities.
In the same vein, some
police officers are engaging in pirate taxi business and illegal foreign
currency dealings on the streets.
The Zimbabwe Republic
Police (ZRP) recently released a circular condemning the behavior of some of
its female members in Harare who are reportedly selling their bodies to illegal
gold panners in Mazowe district.

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