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Minister warns over military attire

By Auxilia Katongomara

Defense Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi has issued a directive to all shop-owners to stop selling military attire as it is illegal.

Dr Sekeramayi’s statement follows increasing numbers of people who are being arrested for either selling or wearing military regalia.

The Defense Minister said wearing military regalia was criminalised as some people were engaging in criminal activities such as robbery, murder and rape disguising themselves as military personnel.

Responding to a question in the Senate on Thursday, Dr Sekeramayi said it was illegal to put on military attire in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe and other countries are saying it is illegal for any civilian to wear military attire or some look alike fashion army regalia if you are not in the military.

“We know it had become fashionable to wear look alike fashion army attire and people would even be showing off in that attire. We prohibit this because some people who were wearing that regalia yet they did not belong to the military were engaging in illegal activities such as rape, corruption, murder and armed robbery and innocent civilians would then end up blaming the military,” he said.

“That is why we are saying it is illegal for anybody to wear military regalia or anything camouflage.”

Dr Sekeramayi warned shop owners against selling military attire saying they risked being arrested.

“Now this is a directive to shop owners and retailers that it is illegal to sell this type of regalia. This should also serve as a warning to civilians that it is illegal for you to wear fashionable look alike military regalia. We do not want to end up prosecuting people unnecessarily. Hence I am pleading with honourable Senators and Members of Parliament to go and advise shop owners, retailers and hawkers in your respective constituencies to stop selling fashionable look alike military regalia because it is illegal,” he said.

“So people who continue putting on such attire should stand warned that it is illegal and whosoever is found in future to be abrogating this law may find themselves being arrested and prosecuted. Putting on military attire, fatigue or camouflage is illegal.”

Midlands Senator Lillian Timveos (MDC-T) asked Dr Sekeramayi if the policy applied to musicians such as Jah Prayzah as well and he responded that the musician was declared a military ambassador and thus, he was allowed to put on military regalia.

“We are saying members of the Jah Prayzah musical group are known; even their physique and sizes are well known by the military. As of now, they were given permission to wear that uniform as long as they are performing on stage.

“We are yet to hear of members of the group abusing the facility. Let me warn civilians that should we find copy cats who are emulating Jah Prayzah and his band – we will get a way of resolving that problem,” he said.

“We know there are people who when they see Jah Prayzah performing become overzealous because he is a real entertainer and man of the moment, hence he has authority to wear that uniform. He was also declared Zimbabwe’s military ambassador. The Chronicle

  • is a camouflaged dress ,military attire……

  • Mapererwaka

  • Noncence

  • it not a new law it has been there since independence and every one know about it so who ever buy’s or sells they they risk getting arrested

  • musatanyoko wakho sekeramayi ndiro basa iroro rekugara kutyisa vanhu nezvisina basa tseke ukoo

  • Jah Prayzah??

  • Laws that were promulgated by the Smith regime to weed out ZANLA and Zipra guerillas. Funny enough those armies never war military fatigues but jeans and the Sting shirts

  • Ndomari yenyika here madhara imi pfungwa dzenyu dzemuhondo dzadzoka futi manje munogwa nani isu hatidi hondo zvachose pamhata penyu mhani

  • Hezvo asi hakuchina bread and butter issues ku Zim

  • Kunyo

  • Zvigotipa chii nhai va minister? Tibvirei apo, musoro wakachena kunge wazorwa hupfu!

  • What’s military attire nwae coz hapana angambopfeka maJean emasoja aya achino zunza mutaka zvingabuda here……..

  • Kkkkk gadzirai migwagwa mhani
    Todya shit news here
    Taurai zvimwe vagudo

  • Zim ine maproblems makuru asi unowona minister wese kwati kwati netumaissues tusina kana nebasa.

  • Jah inno kkkkkk

  • Ndaaaseka guys Kkkkk
    Varume ava vanofunga kuti varume isu tinemazamu

  • iwe Chiwutsi uri Chiwutsi zveshuwa why uri puppet soo

  • Instead of solving problems we are facing as Zimbabwean s…takarasima netunyaya tusina basa # zvichapera

  • you’re even dictating wat we should n shouldn’t wear

  • Just creating laws that oppress the citizens if we oppress them to give us food roads jobs money they beat us nonsense

  • Thre ar better economic issues to discuss at ministerial level thn petty useless attire,too old for the job

  • Baba ivava havasitauri,kkkk, vauyawo nenyaya yehembe this tym,hatichazivi kuti todii manje.

  • Small minds of the so called leaders.

  • Ku Zambia ku south Africa zvotengeswa zvi military attire zvamuri kutirambidza izvo… minister itai serious

    • So iwe unotevedzera zvinoitwa kunyika dzevamwe? Usataura nezvemasatanism eku S.A asina kana chaanoziva anotongwa nevarungu imi ndozvamunoda kuitawo?

  • One does not need a camouflage to go to war.’Read about General Butt Naked of Liberia who used to fight in his birth suit.Dictators live in fear to such an extend that they wont trust even their kids.Zimbabwe is economically bleeding & yet those in charge see a piece of cloth as a threat to their survival & not threat to the nation.Hospitals are death trapes as we speak.Roads are deplorable.The list goes on & on.What a fuss.If this is the so called ‘dark horse’ in waiting, then its just a different side of the same coin.Zimbabwe needs man & women who are focused on nation building for the benefit of generations to come.What we have are greedy,selfish pea minded maggots who believe in their pleasures & treat citizens as objects.Vote wisely in 2018.Enough is Enough.

  • Kushaya basa uku

  • Nxaa ndo nyika iyoyo madhende ane basa rei

  • Voetsek!!

  • Hazvina shwiro

  • zvimbori nebasa reiko?lol mosvora kana toti madhara imi vekudhara munobhowa

  • Totenga kuno kuMarimuka kwatiri asi kana mune chivindi saDefence Minister huyayi muvaudze vasatengesa.

  • Kkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Vanhu vakaparadzirwa dzimba nemvura maroads akanyangara… Tsvee kugadzirisa basa nderekuisa twumitemo twusina nebasa. Kurwara njere

  • Minister kuita bass rekutaura nezve hembe, sure? Zimbabweans, we are very unlucky to have leaders like these. Kushaya kana 1 minister ane brain. Not even half!

  • watch out ☝☝ our next commander in chief

  • Noted Minister! we are out in full force to stop shops selling military attire.

  • Vatukei henyu asi maudzwa,muchida kuita masoja sei musina kuitamasoja nguva ichipo.

  • Hamuna nyaya baba imi, ihembe idzo. Masoja enyu hamumazive here nezvavanopfeka. Hazvirevi kuti mukasataura munonzi hamupo naSekuru wenyu…. idiots….

  • Ini ndinopfeka, I’m a Rasta Man.

  • Mishonga ndiyo inokunetsai baba mapedza hama nekuda basa

  • What else do u expect when leadership ru out of ideas!what a mess we are in????

  • We should respect the national army atire

  • So says the Gukurahundi architect. The Herman Goebels of Zanuism

  • Mashaya minister

  • Zvinebasa reyi no democracy

  • Kuchembera kunenge chironda.kurwadziwa nezvenhando izvo.at end mucharambidza kupfeka suit much it its for minister s

  • Soon breathing will be illegal in Zimbabwe

  • Zimbabweans maybe we deserve to be oppressed like this why did we let this go this far..

  • Zvine basa rei izvozvo . Pane kuronga kuti nyika yavawondonga iyi voisumudzira sei sika sika nezvisina maturo . Munyika dziri kupfekwa military attire muri kutoitwa zvisvinu