Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa says anyone who attacks and kills any member of the security forces will attract severe punishment. This follows a Chivhu shooting incident on Saturday afternoon, 5 September 2020, which claimed the life of one serving member of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lance Corporal Mupanganyama and left the second member, Corporal Peter Zvirevo, with serious gunshot injuries.
“This cowardly and senseless attack by an assailant on the two soldiers who were enforcing lockdown measures aimed at mitigating the spread of the deadly coronavirus at the Police Base near the Chivhu Chicken Inn, must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all peace-loving Zimbabweans,” President Mnangagwa said.
“Government will not tolerate anyone who attacks, harms or kills any member of the security establishment, let alone disarming and unlawfully taking arms of war in their possession. Any breach of this nature will attract severe punishment.”He commended the role played by members of the public at the Chivhu crime scene when they rendered help to the injured soldiers and took them to the nearest health facility.
“Their actions were a show of great compassion and high respect for the work our soldiers do to ensure national security and a demonstration of the spirit of Ubuntu that has come to characterise our great nation,” he said. President Mnangagwa expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Lance Corporal Mupanganya on his untimely death.