Only minutes ago I witnessed three policemen being kicked, yes kicked, by a group of soldiers near the main bus station in Harare city centre. The bus stop is close to the Main Police Station in the capital.
The three policemen, one of whom was already bleeding, were thrown into the back of a Puma truck, an armoured vehicle used by the army in Zimbabwe. The truck sped off along Kenneth Kaunda Avenue with the policemen in the back. Immediately afterwards, a group of policemen came out of the Main Station and I asked one of them, a reserve force member (they wear the greyish uniform) what was happening. I asked if they had provoked the soldiers. He did not stop as he answered me, but I think his answer is revealing. He simply said, "Ah, ndezvenyika izvi..", meaning, "It's about politics..." He was told to shut up by one of his fellow officers, who was wearing the reflective sleeves of the traffic police.
I am definitely going to follow this one up. I need to get to the true story. This has been happening too much this week. On Thursday, from my 9th floor office window, I was with some members of the Provincial leaders of our movement when we saw an army truck pull up at Fourth Street Roadport. The soldiers in the back just jumped out and started beating up policemen, scattering everybody in view. One of the policemen escaped by jumping onto the back of a moving pick-up truck at the traffioc lights by along Fourth Street. Something is up. I WILL find out what. The Herald says today that the soldiers we saw beating up people have been arrested, so what about the ones I saw today. This is a bigger story than anyone thinks. Even the government mouthpiece, The Hereald says the soldiers were piqued at failing to access cash.
And to think they have always been so disciplined! I think Gono is ari kusikira Mugabe wake moto muziso.