President Emmerson Mnangagwa promoted to the rank of Major-General Presidential Guard commander Brigadier-General Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe. The General commanded the elite military unit on August 1 that allegedly shot and killed at least six civilians (among them protestors and passers-by) in the Harare Central Business District.
The army had been called in to reinforce police deployments that had been overwhelmed by protestors, some of whom had become violent and were engaging in acts of arson and vandalism.
The Presidential Guard is considered to have played a major role in the November 2017 military putsch that brought to an end former President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign.
Brigadier Sanyatwe and commander Military Intelligence Department Brigadier General Thomas Moyo were both promoted to the rank of Major-General.
In recommending the promotion of the two commanders, General Sibanda wrote
In terms of Section 15 (1) (b) (2) of the Defence Act Chapter 11:02, His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (Emmerson Mnangagwa) may promote or temporarily appoint an officer to a higher rank.
The Commander Defence Forces considered potential brigadier-generals suitable for promotion to the rank of major-general. His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces consented and consequently was pleased to promote you, Brigadier-General Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe to the substantive rank of major-general with effect from December 8, 2018.