The dramatic shooting incident which occurred at the State House, when a sentinel emptied a whole magazine into the air in frustration over economic challenges, has cost the job of senior officers who have since been transferred and seriously reprimanded for sleeping on the job in an incident seen as critical to the President’s safety and security.
Lieutenant-Colonel Samson Murombo, who all along has been the commanding officer at the State House, has been moved back to the “pool” at the Zimbabwe National Army headquarters, according to a report by the DailyNews Friday.
“Lt.-Col Samson Murombo was the one in charge when the shooting incident occurred last week, and he is accused of sleeping on the job. Authorities are adamant he should have been more alert and should know better than keeping a mentally challenged person in charge of the President’s security,” the publication reports, quoting a source.
“He (Murombo) has compromised the President’s security and has been removed from the State House. There was also no way he could have stayed in charge of the State House, especially in light of the past incident where an audio leaked purportedly portraying him brawling with First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, also over security matters.”
A few months ago, an audio went viral in which Murombo was being dressed down by the First Lady for allegedly spying on her. Although the audio was not officially verified to be that of Murombo and the First lady, the way the State authorities ignored it led many to conclude it could have been authentic.
Meanwhile, Murombo has been replaced at the State House by one Colonel Regis Mangezi.
Murombo’s dismissal from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s close security team comes as former war veterans Minister Tshinga Dube queried the shambolic manner the State security services handled last year’s bombing incident at White City stadium, which killed two of the President’s aides.
Dube, writing in his autobiography Quiet flows the Zambezi, which was released last week, feared that the failure by security services to apprehend the people behind the White City incident could encourage future attacks on the President.
“The government was supposed to find out who carried out the bombing, because it was targeting to kill the Head of State and his deputies. Now, if the President’s life is threatened and you just say ‘life goes on’, it’s not right – unless our security sector is not up to its guts.
“There are a lot of things that remain a mystery and if such incidents go without being solved they will be a repeat. People now know they will get away with it,” writes Dube, who is a Zanu-PF politburo member and former army colonel.