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Zimbabwe: Soldiers demand sex for removing Mugabe from power – report

Zimbabwean soldiers have been demanding free sex since Robert Mugabe was removed from power‚ according to the National Aids Council (NAC).
Its report on attitudes and practice towards key populations such as sex workers‚ gays‚ lesbians and drug users revealed that army personnel in some parts of the country were demanding sex at gunpoint, Times Live informs.
The research was carried out in towns and rural areas.
Opposition leader Joice Mujuru‚ of the People’s Rainbow Coalition‚ claimed in a letter to President Emmerson Mngangagwa that 3 000 soldiers are using intimidation tactics in their campaign for the ruling Zanu-PF.
This comes just weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was reportedly planning to build houses for soldiers in a bid to ensure their loyalty in the face of poor pay and working conditions.
According to The Zimbabwe Independent, some unranked soldiers have written to their commanders demanding a “share of the spoils” after last November’s military operation that ousted Mugabe as president.
Operation Restore Legacy refers the military takeover of the country in November last year‚ during which Mugabe was placed under house arrest. He resigned six days later as impeachment proceeding started in Parliament.
Soldiers felt entitled to free sex because they believe they brought a renewed form of freedom with the end of Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
The new government plans to partner with a local building society to build at least 20 000 low-income housing units for the troops, a source was quoted as saying.
Mnangagwa reportedly rewarded key commanders when he promoted them into government. Among them, Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga became vice president, while Air Force Commander Perrance Shiri became agriculture minister.

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