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HARARE – The presence of soldiers from the Presidential Guard Unit based in Domboshawa who are roaming Chinamhora communal lands has caused panic among villagers in Pote, Runhanga, Molife, Mungate and Mutonda Villages.\r\n

The soilders, who are moving in groups, are interacting with the villagers and sometimes join in the social activities of the villagers.

Andrew Muchenge, a villager in Domboshava, which falls under Goromonzi North Constituency, said people  were living in constant fear of the soldiers.

”We dont understand why the soldiers are moving everyday in our area. I dont  know whether we are in war situation. The soldiers are not beating us but their presence here is causing a lot of alarm and panic amongst the people. They are also attending village funerals.

This is very unwelcome as we are just peasant farmers, who want to go about our farming peacefully.”

Many villagers refused to discuss  the presence of the soldiers for fear of victimisation. Goromonzi North Constituency falls under Zanu PF legislator Beatrice Nyamupinga.

The deployment of soldiers started last month when the Ministry of Defence Forces embarked on the programme resulting in the deployment of soldiers in Gokwe , Masvingo  Bikita and Chipinge  districts.

Most of the rural areas that were strongholds of Zanu PF were grabbed by the MDC in the  2008 elections as the rural electorate switched their vote to support the MDC.

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai  has denounced the deployment of the soldiers in the rural areas countrywide.

Defence Forces spokesperson Ben Ncube was not available for comment. – Daily News