Two soldiers who killed two men outside Victoria Falls on Wednesday have been arrested and are expected to appear in court facing murder charges.
Reports say the soldiers identified as Bernard Sibanda and Bonang Nare both stationed at 1.2 Infantry Battalion in Hwange shot Morgen Sibanda, a tour guide with Wild Horizons, and his colleague Dumisani Mpofu at Chisuma Business Centre following an altercation.
New Zimbabwe reports that after the quarrel with the deceased duo, the soldiers retreated to the barracks where they took rifles which they used to kill Sibanda and Mpofu.
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The report contradicts a statement attributed to the national police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who is quoted as saying:
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.
Meanwhile, sources said some angry villagers mobilised Thursday night and proceeded to Chisuma Business Centre where they set alight a house belonging to Munyaradzi Mlauzi, a businessman who runs a grocery shop and bar.
Mlauzi is being accused of aiding state security forces in torturing villagers since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
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