Zimbabwean troops mass near border

Wednesday December 5 2012



Zimbabwe is reportedly amassing troops along the border with Mozambique in anticipation of a civil war in the neighbouring country.

Fears of a war are mounting in Mozambique after opposition Renamo leader Alfonso Dlakama returned to a former military base threatening war unless the Frelimo government agreed to negotiations.

The Zimbabwean government has not confirmed weekend reports by a private newspaper that troops were already being deployed in the eastern border.

But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday said it feared the deployments will be used as an excuse to campaign for President Robert Mugabe ahead of elections next year’s general elections.

The MDC accuses army generals of being an extension of the veteran ruler’s Zanu PF party.

“The government must first educate the soldiers they are deploying in Manicaland on the actual mandate, so that they do not stray and harass people as we approach the elections set for next year,” MDC said in a statement.

“Army personnel are at our borders with Mozambique in case the Renamo bandits cause any instability’’, the MDC said.