Zimbabweans terrified as soldiers, police clash in public

Soldiers, police join Zim protestsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – TENSION has gripped Zimbabwe after some rowdy
soldiers brutally assaulted police officers and civilians in the capital Harare.
Uniformed soldiers went berserk recently after some police officers threw spikes to deflate the tyres of an army officer’s vehicle.
Police usually use spikes against motorists evading signals to stop at the increasingly unpopular roadblocks mounted in major cities.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) condemned the response by the army men as a serious threat to national security.
This is in light of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and National Army being arms of the security services tasked with safeguarding the safety and security of citizens from internal and external threats.
“While the army may have felt aggrieved by the police’s action, the
soldiers’ conduct does not justify their brutal response and doesn’t
entitle them to take the law into their hands and violating the
fundamental rights of fellow citizens,” the human rights lawyers stated.
Following the incident that terrified onlookers, the army and police, in a joint statement, condemned the clashes and advised that appropriate action would be taken against the perpetrators.
Zimbabwe’s security services are partisan to President Robert Mugabe and are accused of violating the rights of citizens to retain him and Zanu-PF in power.
There are however intermittent cracks between the security forces.
At the height of economic problems in 2008, police battled to control
agitated soldiers who ran amok in Harare.
Uniformed soldiers looted shops and market stalls in protest of failure by government to pay their salaries.
Army and police generals are also sucked in the factionalism tearing apart the ruling party. The factions are involved in a brutal tussle to succeed Mugabe (93).
– CAJ News

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