Soldiers nabbed

THREE soldiers have been arrested in connection with last week’s wanton assault of commuter omnibus drivers and rank marshals in Harare’s central business district allegedly to avenge the beating up of a colleague by Kuwadzana touts.

In an interview yesterday,

police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena said: “Three soldiers have been arrested. I do not know when they will appear in court.”

The soldiers, apparently on a revenge mission, used belts, booted feet and fists to randomly beat commuters at Kuwadzana bus terminus in the city centre.

Innocent passengers were pulled out of commuter omnibuses and forced to scurry in all directions as the rampaging soldiers prevented vehicles from leaving the rank along Albion Street. By-standers were not spared the onslaught by the military men.

The incident happened shortly before 5pm last Thursday when people were going home after work.

The Albion Street rank is used by among others residents of Kuwadzana, Mbare, Avondale and Crowborough.

People intending to go home were stranded as kombi drivers abandoned their vehicles while those coming into town avoided the terminus for fear of being beaten up.

This week the Zimbabwe National Army said it had launched a probe into the incident. — Staff Writer.