“Emotionally Tortured” Air Force Commander Yearns For Retirement

Air Force of Zimbabwe wing commander, Matthew Mushininga is seeking retirement saying he’s been emotionally tortured since 2018.

The commander argues he was emotionally tortured since 2018 when he was wrongfully accused of unlawfully entering into a liquor bar for junior officers at Manyame airbase.

He also indicated that he has been cut off the payroll and thrown out of military housing adding that the Air Force turned down his application for discharge without giving any reasons.

Mushininga also accuses Defence Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri of ignoring his letter and notice to sue that was tendered in December last year.

He said an inquiry was instituted on the alleged unlawful entry but he was never told of the outcome.

Mushininga alleged he was made to stay home for five months before being transferred to the Zimbabwe National Defense University where he was appointed director of business development but was quickly demoted and given the job in an acting capacity without “any explanation.”

Mushininga’s attorneys from M.E Motsi & Associates, say their client was not paid for the short-lived acting directorship assignment.

Then in 2019, the officer says he was involved in a road accident, prompting another inquiry whose findings remain unknown to him.

The Air Force allegedly repossessed his service vehicle and reassigned it to another officer despite that the army had deducted repair fees from his salary.

In January last year, Mushininga was transferred to Zimbabwe Staff College as teaching staff, only to be thrown back in the commander’s pool, again without explanation.

Mushininga was later kicked out of his Manyame Airbase housing and barred from stepping his foot in any Air Force premises.

In the application in which he also cited Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander (ZDF) commander Valerio Sibanda and Air Force Commander Elson Moyo as respondents, Mushinunga said:

_Accordingly, it is in the best interests of both applicant and respondents that he be retired from the Air Force of Zimbabwe with full benefits._

The matter is yet to be heard.

More: Pindula News; ZimLive

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