Since the brutal assault on civilians by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police force during the August 16 protests, social media has been in overdrive questioning whether these were real police officers or soldiers masquerading as police officers.
Some social media users claimed to have found pictorial evidence showing that some of the ZRP officers are in fact soldiers.
Celebrated women’s rights activist Betty Makoni alleged, “Just discovered that the man who left a mother with life-threatening wounds comes from my village of Rusape where it is ABOMINATION to kill. His name is Clever Makomva. Am still digging deeper. We need to dig deeper. Anonzi Clever Makomva from Rusape kunonzi kwaRugoi haasi police”
The allegations come a few months after reports that the government was planning to use soldiers to quell any potential demonstrations, following the fallout from the deaths of 6 unarmed civilians after the military used live bullets on protestors and passers-by on August 1, 2018.
This was followed by a further fallout after at least 13 people were killed while hundreds were also raped, beaten and arrested following a vicious crackdown after the January Protests.
This is a remarkable series of allegations leveled against one called Clever Makomva by Dr Betty Makoni. Another veteran journalist has stated that at least one other “policeman” yesterday has been identified as a soldier. What is going on? Are soldiers being deployed as ZRP? https://t.co/VAjIWuWinV
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) August 17, 2019