The Zimbabwe National Army has furiously dismissed an article in a major daily newspaper linking it to a shoplifter. The Army insisted that the culprit in question is a bogus soldier who had never served a day in the military.
In a statement, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) spokesperson Colonel Alphios Makotore took exception to a NewsDay article claiming that shoplifter Sihlazuluking Ndashata is a serving soldier.
Colonel Makotore also said that Ndashata had also stolen army uniforms belonging to a cousin who is a serving soldier in the army.
Below is the statement from Colonel Makotore disowning the bogus soldier.
MATTER OF FACT: NEWSDAY LIES ON STORY TITLED “SOLDIER UP FOR SHOPLIFTING”
Reference is made to the NewsDay story titled ‘Soldier up for shoplifting’ published on Wednesday, 04 May 2022. The article was also published in other online publications.
In the story, the NewsDay lied that Sihlazuluking Ndashata, aged 32, is a serving member of the Zimbabwe National Army. The Zimbabwe National Army would like to put it on record that Sihlazuluking Ndashata is a bogus soldier.
The ZNA further reiterates that Sihlazuluking Ndashata is not and has never been a member of the Zimbabwe National Army. He masquerades as a soldier committing crimes. Military Police Investigations have since established that Sihlazuluking Ndashata is a typical con-artist.
Furthermore, he has other pending cases whereby he allegedly stole service uniforms from his cousin brother, Redeemed Ndashata, who is a member of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services stationed at Hwahwa Prison. Sihlazuluking Ndashata abused his brother’s uniforms committing crimes posing as a Prisons and Correctional Officer.
The Army is very much concerned by these continued false assertions that Ndashata is a soldier. If at all these claims are coming from him, then he Is a typical case of a bogus person masquerading as a member of the ZNA committing crimes. He must also be charged for Impersonation.
The Army encourages Journalists and all stakeholders in the media industry to always crosscheck their facts…