ZimLive reports that Zimbabwe’s soldiers have been banned from wearing uniforms unless they are on deployment.
In an internal memo, obtained by the website, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) commander Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo said the measure had been taken “to ensure impostors abusing the uniforms will be easily identified and also ensure safety of members outside cantonment areas.”
In the memo dated February 6, Chimonyo said no soldiers will be allowed to travel to work wearing their uniforms. He said the uniforms will be left in the barracks. Said Chimonyo:
It has been noted with concern that ZNA uniform has been abused in offences being committed such as robbery, gold panning, fraud, theft and extortion among others. Some members have also been attacked by civilians whilst in uniforms.