Johannesburg – Zimbabwean army officials have been advised not to appear in uniform in public for fear of further retribution from angry civilians after a number of attacks on security force members, including a policeman being stoned to death by members of the public.
An internal memorandum was circulated on Friday instructing servicemen not to wear their uniforms outside their barracks, the Zimbabwean reported on Tuesday.
“The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has directed that with immediate effect no military uniform will be worn outside cantonment areas. This applies to members commuting to and from places of work, intra-and intercity commuting," read the memorandum.
“Take note that after working hours, members are to put on civilian clothes and leave their uniforms in cantonment areas. Some members have been attacked by hostile civilians whilst in uniform,” the memorandum read.
Reports of uniformed officials being targeted by the public continue to come in. One of the more serious incidents involved a policeman, constable Alexio Maune, 32, being attacked and stoned to death by rioters.