Breaking News : Armed Militant
Groups After President Mugabe
The Robert Mugabe controlled state media reports
that four men have been arrested at Mphoengs
Border Post in Mangwe District after they
allegedly tried to smuggle camouflage uniforms
and military equipment into the country.
The state media further curiously claims that its
sources at the border post said the men are
suspected to be part of a group that takes
advantage of civil disturbances to assault
civilians while wearing security forces’ uniforms.
It is not the first time that when under pressure
the increasingly paranoid Mugabe regime creates
phantom military groups it claims to be under
Apparently these men were arrested on Sunday at
Stevenson Boshoff (52) of Gweru, who claimed to
be employed at Safari De in Mozambique, was
arrested with Karl Landrey (27) from Harare,
Lovemore Damiano (48) of Chitungwiza and
Cephas Telele (47) of Chiredzi.
They were found with 22 combat sets of trousers
and shirts, 20 khaki greenish back packs, green
water bottles with camouflage holders and jungle
A source at the border said Boshoff and Landrey
first attempted to cross the border into
Zimbabwe on Tuesday last week.
“The men drove two South African registered
vehicles. They were denied entry as they were
Zimbabwean residents driving foreign registered
vehicles,” said the source.
The source said they showed up again on Sunday
night, this time in the company of two other
Zimbabweans, Damiano and Telele.
“Telele and Damiano had South African work
permits. The team declared the above mentioned
military material and claimed to be in transit to
Mozambique,” said the source.
“Police got a tip off from Zimra officials leading
to their arrest for unlawful possession of
military camouflage uniforms.”
A source close to the investigations said Boshoff
was the leader of the team.
“The man who claimed to be employed at Safari
De in Mozambique told investigators his boss
instructed him to collect military material to be
taken to Mozambique,” said the source.
The source said Boshoff said the material was
intended to be used at safaris by game rangers.
“They said they preferred Mphoengs border post,
claiming it was the shortest route to
Mozambique. This was highly suspicious as
travelling via Beitbridge and through to Harare
into Mozambique is far shorter,” the source said.
As source close to investigations said Boshoff,
upon realising he had been caught in a lie,
changed his story and claimed that he had opted
to use Botswana as he had passed through
visiting relatives in that country and also
intended to see some people in Bulawayo.
Investigators said the evasiveness of the
suspects raised suspicion.
“Their preference of Zimbabwean drivers and the
selection of Kanyemba Border post as their port
of exit made it easy to suspect the material was
destined for Zimbabwe. It might have been
intended for use during riots,” said a source.
National police spokesperson Chief
Superintendent Paul Nyathi said he was not
aware of the arrests.
“I haven’t received a report of that nature yet
and would rather refer you to the police
spokesperson of Matabeleland South Province,” he
The provincial police spokesperson, Inspector
Philisani Ndebele, was not reachable on his mobile
phone. state media