You Won't Believe What This Minister Said About Zimbabwe's Army

Members of the Zimbabwe National Army are not trained to feed porridge to the masses, but to ruthlessly crush any public protests, Deputy Defence Minister Victor Matemadanda has warned. And it doesn't matter whether the demonstrations are peaceful or not. The senior government official, who also doubles as the ruling Zanu-PF national political commissar, said the army will descend on protestors planning to take to the streets in January 2021 over the country's worsening socio-economic and political crisis, and the corruption allegedly perpetrated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's followers. In October 2020, Mnangagwa's Cabinet approved tough new laws criminalising protests.

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Zanu-PF National Commissar and Deputy Defence Minister Victor Matemadanda Victor Matemadanda (file photo).

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