President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered members of the security sector to severely deal with armed and violent crimes in the country. This comes after a controversial shooting took place in Chisuma Village in Victoria Falls and it is reported that more soldiers are deployed in the area.
The President who is a former liberation army commander said the remarks during the burial of National Hero Brigadier General Ruphus Chigudu at the National Heroes Acre this Monday. He also expressed concern over increased cases of child m_rder allegedly for ritual purposes. The president said:
The Government is worried about the growing cases of ritual ki_lings of minors. Equally worrisome are the growing cases of armed and v_olent crimes. I have ordered our security arms to deal with such misdeeds severely.
His remarks come when soldiers have been accused of extra-judicial k_llings in the country and particularly so during the coronavirus lockdown.
There are reports suggesting that some soldiers have been s_xually ab_sing young girls through intimidation at Chisuma Primary School in Victoria Falls raising tensions between civilians and state security.
As witnessed by many, soldiers became very popular in urban areas in many suburbs across the nation instilling lockdown discipline in citizens. With this calling on the security forces by the Commander in Chief of the Defense forces, President ED, it is unclear how far soldiers will handle civilian matters.