Guilty JOC revealed

HARARE - Names of the Army Generals who commanded the crack down on MDC activists last year under the Joint Operation Commission (JOC) have been unveiled to the press. Last week Crisis Zimbabwe Coalition produced a report Can apples be reaped from a thorn tree - Zimbabwe's road to transmission in which it demanded the recalling and revealing of the names of more than 70 senior Army personnel who were deployed in the country's rural areas, causing terror to civilians.

According to an army radio signal print out seen by The Zimbabwean, a senior army official; two Major Generals, six Brigadiers and 30 Colonels are being named for engineering the massacre of the former opposition MDC members. The following names are among those on the list:

Major Generals E.A Rugeje, and Chebundo

Air Vice Marshal Muchena, Basutu

Brigadier generals Sigauke, SB Moyo, Khumalo, Nyikayaramba, Shungu, and Tarumbwa.

“It was established that MDC youths have been called to Harvest house with a view of organizing a march to state house in order to declare Morgan Tsvangirai as the president. The District JOC resolved to monitor MDC youths by establishing road blocks and other security agents and feed back to SY JOC. It has also been established that former white farmers whose farms were taken for resettlement are coming back from as far as Australia. CID and CIO were tasked to monitor, investigate and follow up and advise the district security JOC,” reads some of the printed radio signals.

According to the official who revealed the names of these senior officials, they were the commanders of the bases set up around the country to cause terror to villagers. In its report, the CZC demanded that those senior officers who instigated and took part in the political violence and violation of human rights, should face justice. “The ministry of Defence and Home Affairs are challenged to prove that the military have moved out of the villages and communities, were they stand accused of committing human rights abuses with impunity while they acted as political commissars of the then ruling Zanu (PF) party,” the report said.

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