Members of Zimbabwe Republic Police in Midlands have appealed to their superiors to protect them following the discovery of evidence linking the army to the notorious machete-wielding gang known as Mashurugwi. They claim they now fear for their lives and may need to be armed better to protect themselves.

This comes after it was discovered that Kudakwashe Hoko who was gunned down by private security guards at Goodhope in Kadoma was actually a serving member of the Zimbabwe National Army.

Six people were part of the gang that was believed to have brutally murdered police Constable Wonder Hokoyo there of whom are members of the Zimbabwe National Army.

Police revealed that Kudakwashe Hoko was a corporal in the Zimbabwe National Army based at the military headquarters in Harare, police revealed.

This explains the trained use of firearms by the gang during some robberies in the past month.

In December another group attacked shop owners Gobathema Business Centre in Guyu armed with machetes and an AK47 rifle. This type of gun is only issued to state security personnel in Zimbabwe.