Military commanders have reportedly deployed officers from:
- Zimbabwe Intelligence Corps (ZIC), commonly known as military intelligence (MI),
- Special Air Service (SAS)
- Special Investigations Branch (SIB)
throughout the country to gather intelligence as the current economic meltdown poses a security threat, The Zimbabwean reports.
According to military sources that spoke to the publication, the intelligence officers, who are working in communities are reportedly gauging the President’s popularity in the same exercise.
A military source that spoke to the publication about the operation said;
Basically, they have been deployed into the communities to gather intelligence and gauge the national mood given the likelihood of civil unrest.
So they have deeply embedded themselves in society and it is difficult to recognise them since they don’t wear army uniforms. In the case of the SAS, it includes relatively mature people with vast experience in intelligence gathering. They are highly trained and very efficient.
According to the publication, the intelligence officers are reportedly also embroidered in large-scale internal surveillance of army officers as concerns over rampant indiscipline and agitation among troops increase.
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