Zimbabwean mercenaries in Malawi?
Nyasa Times reports Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika has hired Zimbabwean mercenaries in preparation for demonstrations planned on 17 August:
“I can reliably inform you that we have Zimbabwean soldiers in the country; their primary reason is to help the police to quell and protests. The president spoke to his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe to provide the soldiers on unclear terms,” said the source.
He said the soldiers are in the country when it became clear that Malawian soldiers would not accept this time round to be ‘abused’ to control or shoot protesters as was the case in the July 20 demonstrations where at least 19 protesters were killed.
I’m curious of the need for military forces from another country given the civil society organizers have called for a peaceful demonstration, billed as a “candlelight vigil” in memory of the 19 Malawians that died on the 20th of July.
HT Niall Keleher.