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The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) public relations director Alphios Makotore has denied soldiers are facing starvation at the barracks.
The Zimbabwe Independent today reported quoting military sources that the barracks have been running without adequate food supplies forcing soldiers to improvise and look for alternative food sources.
The publication said soldiers no longer breakfast, lunch is provided but very few officers do eat in the canteen because it is mainly sadza and beans or at times cabbages.
Said Makotore : “It is not true that Zimbabwe National Army barracks are now facing an acute shortage of food supplies.
“Food supplies in the ZNA are normal but the organisation like any other in the country has not been spared by the difficult economic situation obtaining.
“As highlighted above, there is no crisis in the ZNA. Thus the organisation remains committed in upholding its mandate as spelt out in the Constitution,” Makotore said.
Other sources, however, said the food shortages were dire.
“There were no supplies in Gutu (4,2 Combat group) barracks since Friday last week,” the source said.
“Supplies only came yesterday (Tuesday) but we are not sure whether the new supplies will take us through the forthcoming week.
“It was only rice that was delivered.”
Sources at the Commando Regiment headquarters in Cranborne also said food supplies were in short supply since the beginning of January.
“We no longer have breakfast. Lunch is provided but very few officers do eat in the canteen because it is mainly sadza and beans or at times cabbages. If it is not beans or vegetables then it will be sadza and sour milk which comes in bulk from Gushungo Dairy,” the source said.
Military sources also said Bulawayo’s 1 Brigade and Imbizo barracks have been hard hit by food shortages resulting in soldiers and army recruits surviving on boiled cabbages and beans. source-zimbabweindependant
photo-CIO chief Happison Bonyongwe, ZNA chief Constantine Chiwenga, and President Robert Mugabe