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THE Zimbabwe national Army (ZNA) which was already on high alert to abate any insurgences as the on-going Zanu PF succession battle reaches its climax has deployed reactionary teams around the country.

Army sources told the NewZimbabwe.com that on Monday the army deployed reactionary teams dotted around the country to thwart any insurgencies that may erupt as the Zanu PF congress rolls into life.

“Officers have been deployed around the country and g teams have been deployed in volatile provinces such as Manicaland, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Mashonaland East,” a source said.

A few weeks ago ZNA recalled the soldiers who were on leave and temporarily suspended official off duty sessions as the Zanu PF succession battle turned nasty.

The deployment comes at a time when Zanu PF youths are threatening to block vice president Joice Mujuru and her colleagues from attending the congress.

Sources said Mujuru, who has been linked to plots to oust Mugabe and has been a target of attacks ever since, faces humiliation at the crucial congress.

However, director of army public relations lieutenant colonel Overson Mugwisi denied the soldiers are ready for any internal violence in Zanu PF.

“Our duty is to defend Zimbabwe from any external invasion and we are always ready to do so. We are not interested in the Zanu PF’s internal issues that is not part of our mandate,” Mugwisi said.

But observers see the army as being politically active and intent on preventing the collapse of Zanu PF which has seemed imminent since the start of internal strife.

The military has always worked behind the scenes to prevent democratic transition in Zimbabwe since the opposition MDC was formed in 1999.

Prior to that, the security forces were involved in the polls, mainly during the violence-ridden 1985 general elections.

Ever since Zanu PF started losing its electoral hegemony in 2000, Zimbabwe’s Joint Operations Command (JOC), which brings together the army, police and intelligence chiefs, has been key to Mugabe and his party’s battle for political survival as it operated much like an army embedded in the former liberation movement’s party structures actively working to safeguard its interests.

Source : New Zimbabwe