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Zimbabwean mercenaries in Malawi?

12 August 2011

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacqui Khacham permalink
    12 August 2011 2:58 pm

    Truly mind-boggling, but not unexpected.
    How else would he “smoke” out demonstrators?
    It reminds me of one egotistical megalomaniac in North Africa.
    Gadaffi relentlessly massacred civilians during peaceful protests. Most of his armed forces were mercenaries.
    People die because these leaders who bask in their delusions of grandeur, unwilling to step down and siphoning off resources belonging to the people.

    What can I say, once a tyrant, always a tyrant!

  2. 13 August 2011 3:51 am

    If this is true then it sounds pretty ominous. I’d like to see some independent verification though – I’ve always been a bit wary about the journalism of the NT. They were fervently anti-Bingu even before things began to slide, and I’ve always suspected they made things up from time to time.

    This might have changed as the situation worsened and their reading numbers increased… but possible not. Because the government is getting crazier, the random, possible untrue crazy stories might be blending nicely with real life.


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