Soldiers Force Villagers To Set Up Zanu (PF) Structures

According to councillor Kenny Mpofu of Gwampa Ward, the soldiers organised several meetings on behalf of Zanu (PF) but most villagers refused to attend.The soldiers then sent youths to tell all the villagers that if they did not attend their meetings they would be given a preview of what happened during the early 80s when the government unleashed the notorious army unit, the Five Brigade into the villages of Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces.
The two provinces were the political strongholds of Joshua Nkomo,s Zapu party.

“ The villagers decided to attend the soldiers meetings after being threatened with the return of the Fifth Brigade, ” said Mpofu who is a councillor for MDC-T.Mpofu told Radio Vop that the soldiers ordered the villagers to set up new Zanu (PF) structures in their wards.

“ Its clear Zanu (PF) is now using soldiers to do its work in the rural areas that are controlled by the MDC, ” added Mpofu.But Defence Minister Emmerson Munangagwa was quoted in the media recently denying the government has deployed the army in Matabeleland.