THE Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) says the increase in criminal cases involving its members was cause for concern and warned that it does not condone criminality within its ranks.
BY STAFF REPORTER
ZNA public relations director Colonel Alphios Makotore yesterday said the army was a professional organisation that does not condone acts of indiscipline and criminality by its members.
This comes amid reports of a spate of criminal activities involving soldiers, the latest being last week’s arrest of two armed soldiers after they were found in possession of poached game meat in Kariba.
“Any of its members caught on the wrong side of the law are subject to the country’s laws. Furthermore, internal disciplinary measures are also applied,” Makorore said in a statement.
Might Nyoni (30) and Stephen Jim (38) appeared before Kariba magistrate Felix Chaoromwe last week. They were facing charges of poaching
The other soldier fled, but left behind FN and AK47 rifles that were later traced to the Zimbabwe Army Parachute Regiment based at Inkomo Barracks in Darwendale.
The value of the hunted zebra is $3 000 and the value of the meat recovered is $166.
“The above case is before the courts, hence the ZNA will respect the court’s verdict,” Makotore said.
Last month, two soldiers were also arrested alongside two civilians after they were linked to a plot to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s Gushungo Dairy plant in Mazowe.
The matter is still before the courts.