Army deploys ahead of polls

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THE military is intensifying its campaigns for Zanu PF ahead of elections by deploying soldiers from the southern region of the country to operate in the northern provinces as the security forces escalate intimidation tactics in a bid to rescue President Robert Mugabe from possible defeat.

Staff Writer

Security chiefs, under the banner of the Joint Operations Command (Joc), which brings together army, police and intelligence chiefs, are also in the process of deploying senior officers to the country’s 10 provinces to co-ordinate election campaigns for Zanu PF, sources said this week.

“There has been a plan to move people from provinces of their origins to spearhead Zanu PF campaigns in other provinces so as to effectively carry out orders,” said a senior army official.

“While senior officers are being posted to their original provinces, the rank and file will be moved to other regions so that they carry out commands without fear or favour.”

Highly-placed sources said retired Air Vice-Marshal Henry Muchena, who is running the Zanu PF commissariat department with former Central Intelligence Organisation director internal Sydney Nyanhongo, has been working with Joc members to ensure a Zanu PF victory.

There has been a surge in military deployments in villages around provinces such as Masvingo and Manicaland where Zanu PF is aiming for outright victory.

The military has been organising clandestine meetings with chiefs and other traditional leaders to mobilise their subjects to support Zanu PF in the elections.

According to sources, senior military commanders oversaw preparations for Zanu PF primaries this week in a move that indicates he has already begun operations in the province.

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