Three AK-47 assault rifles and several rounds of ammunition were reportedly stolen from the heavily-guarded residence of the late Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander Vitalis Zvinavashe.
The NewsHawks quoted a source as saying the assault rifles and bullets were stolen on Wednesday where soldiers from Harare district, which is stationed at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks (formerly King George VI Barracks) were deployed. Said the source:
The soldiers were deployed to provide security services at the house of the General’s widow when the guns went missing.
Investigations on where and why the rifles were stolen are ongoing. Heads will definitely roll.
This comes as cases of armed robberies involving soldiers have been on an increase, posing a security threat to the country.
In 2009, a senior army officer committed suicide in the wake of a break-in at a military armoury in Harare amid growing fears that the missing guns would be used to fuel instability.
20 AK-47 rifles and a number of shotguns were stolen from the armoury at the Pomona Army Barracks in Harare.
The deputy commander of Pomona barracks, Major Maxwell Samudzi, “committed suicide” while being held in solitary confinement.
A total of 120 serving soldiers were detained in connection with the theft and allegedly tortured.
A member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Pascal Gwezere, was also arrested, allegedly tortured, and charged in connection with the theft.