Four Zimbabwe generals retired in Mnangagwa's first purge of military
SEE ALSO :Zimbabwe to compensate white ex-farmersAll four generals will be appointed to diplomatic posts overseas in line with Zimbabwe's "critical global engagement and re-engagement strategy," a government spokesman said. Mnangagwa has been under pressure to take action over claims of brutality by the security forces since a second crackdown in January, triggered by high fuel costs that he had decreed. That violence led to accusations from opposition parties that the country is reverting to authoritarian rule. The most high-profile of the sidelined commanders was Major General Anselem Sanyatwe, who led the presidential guard and drew widespread criticism for telling an inquiry into the post-election violence that one of his soldiers caught on video shooting into a crowd was firing into the air at a 45 degree angle. Mnangagwa also retired Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba, the defence forces inspector general who had been largely absent from day-to day operations since November 2017.