Mugabe rewards notorious army Brigadier

 

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Mugabe also promoted Air Commodore Michael Moyo to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal with effect from 12 December this year.

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The former 3 Infantry Brigade Commander in Mutare, Major-General Nyikayaramba has since been posted to Zimbabwe Defence Forces Headquarters as Chief of Staff Quartermaster. Nyikayaramba led a wave of political violence which saw the death of some 200 MDC-T supporters, while hundreds were injured.

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Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa has described the 2008 violence as a mini-genocide which promoted his pull-out from Zanu PF.

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Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantine Chiwenga conferred the two with their new ranks at ZDF Headquarters in Harare on Wednesday.

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Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa said the notorious soldiers were promoted on merit but critics say they were rewarded for bootlicking Mugabe and for use of brute force to keep the old president in office.

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“We have many challenges and by bringing you here we want you to be part of the solution. You shall not be found wanting because we have agreed that you have the capability and motivation to take ZDF a step forward,” he said.

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Nyikayaramba expressed gratitude to President Mugabe for showing confidence in him. Nyikayaramba attended several military courses outside the country and has led various brigades countrywide.

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The notorious Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba is on record saying Prime Minister and  MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai is a national security threat rather than a political one and security forces are justified to participate in politics to defend the country, Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba has said.

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Responding to calls by Mr Tsvangirai at a rally in Mkoba, Gweru, that security chiefs should resign and contest for political power, Brig-Gen Nyikayaramba, said the current situation required them to deal with it in uniform.

“What he (Mr Tsvangirai) is saying is nonsense. We are dealing with a national security threat, which can only be dealt with by people in uniform. If it was a normal political environment, one would hope to retire at some point and join politics. However, we can’t afford to be in an akimbo when there is this foreign attack,” Brig-Gen Nyikayaramba said.

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