By Justin Mahlahla
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Court Martial has sentenced three of its members to 15 years imprisonment for crimes of armed robbery, unlawful entry and theft.
In a statement, the Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Alphios Makotore said Lance Corporal Ndlovu Fortune and privates Manyanga Ratiel and Masase Kainos were on 05 March 2022 sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each as the force continues to dispense military justice and deterrent sentences against rogue elements.
“They were convicted of armed robbery, unlawful entry and theft after a fully contested trial before the General Court Martial seating in Bulawayo last week. They had all pleaded not guilty to the charges,” Col Makotore said.
“The trio, who were all serving with 4 Infantry Brigade in Masvingo, committed armed robbery, unlawful entry and theft cases in and around Masvingo between January and July 2021. Ndlovu was reduced in rank to private before all three were discharged from the Zimbabwe National Army with ignominy, and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each for the offences.”
The Zimbabwe National Army has warned that any of its members caught on the wrong side of the law will face the full wrath of the law.