The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has dismissed allegations by the media that its members are intimidating villagers to vote or President Emerson Mnangagwa in the harmonised elections scheduled for July 30.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, ZDF said its duty is to complement work the police in keeping peace during the election period.
“Members of the public should be made aware that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has no direct role of in the upcoming elections. Our role is mainly to support the Zimbabwe Republic police (ZRP) in the maintenance of law in the country, before, during and after the harmonized elections” read the statement.
ZDF raised concerns over some members of the media who are mischievously saying the force was participating political campaigns.
The statement said the members of the military deployed around the country are those traditionally for humanitarian and peace keeping work.
“You may want to know that the deployments we have include troops on various command projects, border control operations is support of the ZRP and some National Parks in support of the Park Rangers,”
The ZDF said the military was constitutionally mandated to assist the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in its operations if the need arose.
“We are disturbed by the false reports circulating on social media alleging that ZDF is going to be used by Zanu-PF to rig elections. These malicious reports should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.”