According to sources who attended weekend recruitment at Magunje’s 2.3 Infantry battalion, situated about 35 kilometres south of Karoi town, some aspiring soldiers were barred because ‘their parents are not Zimbabweans originally’.
Some of these youths recently graduated from Tengwe national youth programme and had been promised jobs.
‘It’s embarrassing that they assured us that we will be considered first to join any Government department but we were barred because we were told we were aliens’ said one disgruntled youth from Mjinga area. He declined to be named for fear of victimisation.
Recruitment officers led by one Captain Dzumbunu could not be reached for comment. Nearly 600 aspiring soldiers were taken in for the january intake although the army had targeted to recruit 1000 people.