Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) General Phillip Valerio Sibanda is reported to be battling high-level corruption within the military.
This follows the nabbing of ZDF director of procurement, Peter Muchakadzi and two other officers by Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on fraud allegations. NewsDay quotes its source as saying about General Sibanda:
He is a strict person who does not accept corruption. A number of army officers have been court-martialled and sent home after being caught on the wrong side, but there seems to be a huge appetite for corruption within the high-ranking officers.
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Media reports claim there is rampant corruption in the military, with the top brass helping themselves to fuel, meat and other accessories.
Army commanders are said to be concerned with a rise in indiscipline in the ranks, poorly paid soldiers going AWOL, and some being arrested for armed robberies.