Villagers near Sungura shopping centre who confirmed living in fear said they were frightened by the message.
“What surprises us is that we are not in a war and yet we see soldiers here promising to kill us for no apparent reason. For almost a week now, about 15 soldiers led by retired colonel Magirazi were camping near Chadzire Bridge in ward 20,” said a villager.
“They (soldiers) call for rallies from time to time,” said a villager.
“We are not sure of what tomorrow will bring us. We live in fear that we may be beaten or even killed. We do not know the meaning of these threats,” said another villager.
Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Brian Makomeke said anyone who feels that he or her life was put under threat by the ‘suspected soldiers’ should make a police report.
“We normally encourage villagers to make police reports whenever they think that their lives are in danger,” said Insp Makomeke.
Retired Colonel Magirazi could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Zanu (PF) has since started campaigning for Custon Mukurunge to be their next member of parliament for the area.
“This time we are ready for anything. Come thunder ofr rain- we will make sure that victory for Zanu (PF) is certain,” Mukurunge told villagers.