Government and military sources have said the increased unusual activity at the army’s Mechanised Brigade in Darwendale spooked the government and prompted the government to address a press conference dispelling imminent coup rumours, New Zimbabwe reports.
The activities which were halted by the OPC included personnel drills and rebooting of the armoury and they reportedly went on for about three weeks. Military sources said the Mechanised Brigade was undertaking what appeared to be a routine refresher course.
According to the sources that spoke about the development:
During the course of this month, the Mechanised Brigade in Darwendale was undertaking sustained drills, in full military combat in what appeared to have been a routine refresher course.
As part of the ‘exercises’, the troops brought out cascavels in what appeared to have been an intensive drill. Instructively, the sustained military drills came to an end a few days before Joc convened last week’s press conference that was addressed by minister Kazembe.
At the 2 Presidential Guard infantry battalion for instance, the level of indiscipline had severely worsened. Some officers were not even reporting for duty and they could be seen watering their gardens of basking in the sun within the precincts of the camp and commanders have been having a torrid time trying to bring normalcy back
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