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Soldiers Assault Villagers After Exchanging Taunts Over Beer

Soldiers Assault Villagers After Exchanging Taunts Over Beer

Police officers and soldiers reportedly teamed up and vandalised cars and other property at Mbalabala Shopping Centre near Mbalabala Barracks on Christmas eve after some local beer drinkers had mocked the soldiers.

According to The NewsHawks, the imbibers and soldiers exchanged taunts over beer, resulting in the latter mobilising the Police to attack residents randomly.

Eyewitnesses told the publication that trouble started when local residents and soldiers going for a beer drink began taunting each other.

The soldiers reportedly insulted the residents who then responded in kind, saying the security forces members had no money since they were merely civil servants and nothing special about them.

The mockery did not go down well with the soldiers who reportedly mobilised police from Esigodini, 40km southeast of Bulawayo, to come and attack the residents over the taunts.

The group of police officers and soldiers vandalised cars and attacked people indiscriminately. Said a The NewsHawks source:

After the heated exchanges, on 25 December afternoon, a truckload of police officers from Esigodini descended on local residents and shoppers, many of the villagers from Filabusi, vandalising their cars at Mbalabala Shopping Centre, near Mbalabala Barracks.

The police were called in and deployed by the soldiers, and in the process of the attacks, they vandalised property and cars belonging to Innocent Ndlovu, Nhlalwenhle Ndlovu, Wellington Ncube, Lewis Nkomo and Steven Sibanda, among others.

During the heated exchanges soldiers had opined residents couldn’t afford to drink, but they reacted by saying: ‘Lina alila mali vele ngitsho le-cent ngoba lingama civil servants nje angela lutho’ (You don’t have any money at all because you are just mere civil servants).

The police were called by some soldiers who had been taunted by residents and shoppers who were drinking, shouting at them saying ‘alila vele ngitsho le-cent ngoba linga ma-civil servants. Kodwa thina namuhla sizabuhlaba utshwala’. (You have no money, but we are going to drink.

After being taunted soldiers said ‘horayithi manje sizabona ukuthi lizabuhlaba njani’. (Ok we will see how you will drink your beer).

After a little while, Esigodini police arrived and pounced on everyone, damaging cars and property. Ironically, the case was reported to the police.

Mbalabala is a small growth point in Matabeleland South Province on the main Beitbridge-Bulawayo highway situated approximately 67km from Bulawayo.

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Meliah 6 months ago

The problem z we don't take th situation as t z Cause we are civilians we think we've got tt freedom of speech yes we hav but not freedom to mock our soldiers if we mock them telling them Amuna Mari what will b the results if they all refuse to stand with our country as we speak ryt now we know th situation in moza what if they start to refuse th job saying arinamari will u think we will survive 4 years pasina any enemy Tati invader think fast to b called a soldi doesn't mean u don't hav a hrt they think they feel ashaimed when u mock them I support them bcoz wht they did z 100%correct they followed all th rules n even respect our rights n call th police to take place

Matrix 6 months ago

It's true civil servants don't earn a lot but the conduct of some of the uniformed guys leaves a lot to be desired. However as civilians we also need to be sympathetic with the plight of government workers. Have you heard what is said about teachers. Yet parents send their children to spend the day, week, month infact the whole year with people they look down upon. Kkkits just food for thought.

Pasi Nemhanduuuuuuuu 6 months ago

Haiwavo ngavabhurwe, uwe ukatukwa kudaro hautsamwi. Respect the army. Vakanakirwa vanhu ivava.

Me 6 months ago

Ndikuona senge the gunmen ndivo vakunzi vakatanga insulting civilians... Saka are we saying it was okay to be insulted &jus keep quiet? IF YES... WHY DIDN'T THE GUNMEN KEEP QUIET AS WELL WHEN THEY GOT INSULTED BACK?

after all why team up with Police force against civilians indiscriminately!?? The uniformed guys lost self-respect from all angles if what is written is to be taken

nhamo mangai 6 months ago

The whole unit which did this ne retraining and specual lectures of discpline

Youth 6 months ago

This has got me re-questioning the professionalism, priorities and purpose of our military. Is it not to defend citizens against national threats? Gone are the days of soldiers masquerading as untouchables who pick up fights individually with civilians in bars then summon backup whenever they lose. Such barbarism is unacceptable in a civilized peaceful country. I demand professionalism from the army


Simple 6 months ago

Musi wauchasangana nevakomana uchadzidza regai zvitaurwe ndonews dzacho urikuda kuudzwa kuti Ed avhura garden ndozvirikuitika muzim

Bright 6 months ago

Ummmm masoja pane basa iii chii kusapiwa mari yakakwana her

KWES√Č 6¬†months ago

Thank you pindula for once again showing us the other face of the army.zimbabwean army is now beyond controllable,all robberies,killings and much more taane junta munyika.

Tkt 6 months ago


hona wangu magunners aya vatanga futi?

problem yemedia yedu ndeye kuti they always think kuti zvese zvese zvofana ktaugwa. manje kudii ikoko kana magunners ataka temba kuti vhikela vakuita soo?
mangwana muno mukaita hondo cxa these soldiers instead of fighting the enemy with start shooting at the civilians to please the new masters wonzwa vototi

ivava vanhu ndivo vanoku rambai isu teiku dai


Nkust 6 months ago

Haa pindula idzi inyaya dzekubhawa idzi musanyanya kukuchidzira moto between civilians and security we need to co-exist though they are some rogue elements we are all people at the end of the day

Anonymous 6 months ago

let them be, the sec sector is already a threat to NatSec

D1vant 6 months ago

It seems like the publications are now on a frenzy highlighting the rogue security services..... The numerous reports could become a threat to national security

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