2 drunk soldiers at Chisuma business center near Victoria Falls reportedly open fired on 2 villagers killing them instantly in the horrific incident, New Zimbabwe reports.
This was confirmed by the area’s councilor Givemeagain Moyo who in a statement confirmed the death of Morgen ‘Zhuzha’ Sibanda and Dumisani ‘Dudu’ Mpofu and said:
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This is to announce that we have lost two villagers who were shot dead by at Chisuma shops. Their bodies have been taken to Victoria Falls Hospital mortuary
ZRP through National Spokesperson Assitant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the alleged drunk soldiers were on patrol and they shot the villagers in self-defense:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating the circumstances in which two suspects tried to disarm members of the security services who were on anti-smuggling deployments in Victoria Falls on 30 September 2020 resulting in a shooting incident and deaths of two suspects.
As the security services team was at Chisuma Business Centre, at 7:30 pm monitoring anti-smuggling activities and dispersing people who had gathered in contravention of Covid-19 regulations, one of the suspects assaulted a security service member and then tried to disarm him resulting in the scuffle.
The other suspect joined in and ignored warning given by security services members. The security services strongly warn members of the public against trying to disarm deployed personnel especially in the anti-smuggling operation and the public is urged to cooperate with security services and observe Covid-19 regulations at all times
However, villagers who witnessed the incident told the publication that:
The two drunk soldiers picked a fight with members of the public at Langton Bar and retreated to their base at Chisuma Primary School where they came back armed with service rifles before opening fire on the now deceased.
Villagers reportedly also said the soldiers were also terrorizing the community by harassing members of the public and young girls in the area
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