Stop Dhlakama now!

HARARE - Government’s deployment of troops to the border with Mozambique to stifle possible attacks by Afonso Dhlakama, are welcome.

Rebel Renamo leader Dhlakama has retreated to the bush exactly twenty years since the Rome Treaty that brought a devastating three-decade civil war in that country to an end.

It is the duty of the national army to defend all citizens against impending aggression and the speed with which the government has reacted deserves our applause.

The people of Manicaland, particularly in the north-eastern district, bore the brunt of Renamo’s incursions in the late 90s as Dhlakama tried to destabilise Zimbabwe and stop the cooperation between the two countries.

The army should ensure the safety of farmers, children in schools such as Sagambe and Chavhanga along the border to prevent a repeat of 1989 when some were abducted and abused.

Eleven family members were slain by Renamo forces in shocking circumstances.

Zimbabwe has huge economic interests to protect within Mozambique and along the border. Mozambique presents our shortest route to the sea and the Beira corridor is of immense economic importance to the country.

We expect those that have been deployed to patrol the boundary and protect life and property against this unrepentant rebel who has nothing to offer his people except resorting to violence at the slightest provocation.

The region should exert as much pressure on Dhlakama as possible or better still join hands to flush him out of the mountains.

By now Dhlakama should have created a formidable opposition movement to rival Frelimo but has failed and now wants to destabilise the region.

He is a vampire who has no respect for human life. We hold life sacrosanct and do not agree with Dhlakama on his selfish and diabolical agenda.

The people of Mozambique are enjoying an economic boom after decades of civil war, why would he want to reverse the gains made in this once impoverished nation?

Zimbabwe cannot fold its hands and watch because the contagious effects of insurrection would be strongly felt here.

While there has been hullabaloo about the diamond mining activities in Marange and alleged opaque trading of the gems, we still need to guard jealously our resource.

We don’t want disturbances that could lead to disruptions in this area. Who knows, the smell of diamonds in Marange could also pose as an incentive to Dhlakama and his thugs to sustain their fight. - Staff Writer

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ZImbabwe National Army vana sadza ndiuraye zvavo ha-ha-ha

General - 2 December 2012

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