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Soldiers will not hesitate to shoot in order to quell protests: Matemadanda

PEOPLE should not dice with death to the extent of dancing in front of army tankers who would have been called to quell protests, Zanu-PF commissar and deputy minister of defence Victor Matemadanda has warned.

Matemadanda, who is Defence deputy minister, warned that soldiers would not hesitate to shoot to kill when called to quell protests.

“Soldiers are not trained to beat up demonstrators, but to kill… last time the police were called first, but failed to contain the situation because they are not ruthless enough, but soldiers are trained to kill,” Matemadanda said during a Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial coordinating committee meeting in Chinhoyi last week.

“Mash West G40 remnants must forget about resurrection, they are now dead and buried and be warned that you shouldn’t test President Mnangagwa’s patience too far,” Matemadanda said

Last month, President Mnangagwa claimed that remnants of the G40 faction were sabotaging his party and government programmes.

In November 2017, the G40 had one foot into power when the military stepped in and used pressure of impeachment from MDC and Zanu-PF MPs to force Robert Mugabe into resignation. There was also mounting protests in the streets at the time, as Zimbabweans wanted Mugabe gone.

Soldiers, armed with loaded rifles and driving tanks, hugged and ululated with the crowds when Mugabe resigned.

Soon after that, former G40 kingpins fled into exile. Among former Cabinet Ministers that are in self-imposed exile include Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao and Walter Mzembi.

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