3 Zimbabwean soldiers sentenced to 15 years in jail for armed robbery

Three Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) soldiers were jailed for 15 years each after being convicted of armed robbery, theft and unlawful entry by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Court Martial on Sunday.

In a statement ZNA national spokesman, Colonel Alphios Makotore said the trio was serving with 4 Infantry Brigade in Masvingo when they committed the offenses between January and July 2021.

“As the military justice and deterrent sentences against rogue elements of the force continue to be dispensed, Lance Corporal Fortune Ndlovu and Privates Ratiel Manyanga and Kainos Masase were on 05 March sentenced to 15 years in prison each by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, they were convicted for armed robbery, unlawful entry and theft,” reads the statement.

“Ndlovu was reduced in rank to Private before all three were discharged from the Zimbabwe National Army with ignominy and sentenced to 15years’ imprisonment each for the offenses.

“The Zimbabwe National Army has warned that any of its members caught on the wrong side of the law will face the full wrath of the law”, he said.