Had It Not Been For MDC Alliance, Soldiers Would Not Have Killed 6 People: Army Commander General Sibanda

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In an interview with The Herald ahead of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day today, Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Philip Valerio Sibanda said six people would not have been killed had it not been for the opposition which incited violence.

He said the ZDF will continue to support the Zimbabwe Republic Police as it discharges its constitutional mandate. Said General Sibanda:

Zimbabwe remains secure despite the recent politically motivated violence that erupted a day after the harmonised elections on 30 July 2018. That notwithstanding, the country has continued to enjoy peace, security and stability during the harmonised elections. Had it not been for evil intentions of some opposition political players who went on to incite violent protests, unnecessary loss of life of six people who were caught up in the unfortunate shooting incidents could have been avoided. All the same, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces remain resolute in its support for the ZRP as they continue to fulfil their constitutional mandate of maintenance of law and order to ensure peace, security and stability in the country. People are therefore, assured that they should feel free to go about their usual business.


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8 comments

  1. Samurungu Reply

    General Sibanda, so it’s okay for armed soldiers to inflict maximum damage on unarmed non-life-threatening civilians, including shooting a fleeing woman in the back?

  2. Sydney08 Reply

    That is a rubbish kind of assessment by rogue soldiers led by a rogue commander.People demonstrate everywhere in the world and sometimes cause damage to property, but nowhere have we ever heard that soldiers have been ordered to shoot at demonstrators except in Zimbabwe.That explanation by Valerio Sibanda will make him to be laughed at by the rest of the world.What happened to the Zipra values which Sibanda was brought up in of honesty and integrity.That is what happens when you sup with the devil.

  3. edmore b Reply

    General V Sibanda is evil for he supports killings of unarmed civilians by the army and does not care for peoples’ lives. The army is there to protect the country from outside attack while the police makes sure there is criminal activities in the country. Demonstrations are legal as per our constitution. Why is the army trying to twart the dissenting voices? We do not want military rule in Zimbabwe.

  4. edmore b Reply

    General V Sibanda is evil for he supports killings of unarmed civilians by the army and does not care for peoples’ lives. The army is there to protect the country from outside attack while the police makes sure there are no criminal activities in the country. Demonstrations are legal as per our constitution. Why is the army trying to twart the dissenting voices? We do not want military rule in Zimbabwe.

  5. Kufungawo Reply

    Not that I condone his sentiments, but perchance he was just reading a speech written on his behalf? The other day he was said to be wanting to know who deployed his men onto the streets.. Not everything is what it seems.

  6. Ntokozo Nyathi Reply

    Cde Annanious Gwenzi please remain quiet. try to neutralise your former boss. Remember what and his colleagues did to the Zipra trainees at Mgagao. You were the head of that Zipra contingent if you can remember. Minimum force does not opening fire on unarmed civilians. The SU and the entire ZRP have the proper means to deal with crowd control. Offer an apology and try to court-martial certain individuals the people will talk and say exactly who gave orders to shoot. We are still proud of you Gen PV Sibanda.

  7. Dulaba Reply

    With this kind of Leadership and Army, Zimbabwe will remain cursed. It is now OPEN FOR KILLINGS.
    Power has made these people lose face. Unashamed and Evil. No apology whatsoever.

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