By Shami Makombe
THE body of rogue soldier Tariro Gora, who was shot and killed while reportedly in the middle of a robbery, has been handed to his family in Sanyati by the army chaplaincy.
Last week, there were unverified reports that Gora, who was at One Commando Barracks, had been buried with full military honours.
21-year-old Tariro Gora, a soldier at One Commando Barracks in Harare, was one of three armed robbers that were killed in a fiery shoot-out at the residence of ex-detective Joseph Nemaisa in Harare early this month.
Another rogue soldier, Wirimai Nyandoro (37) of Zimbabwe National Army 1 Commando regiment fled the scene with another accomplice and was subsequently arrested by the police.
Updating on the burial this Thursday, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said Gora’s death was treated by the army as a suicide since he died in dishonourable circumstances.
“Contrary to wild claims on social media, the body of Trooper Tariro Gora who was gunned down in an armed robbery incident in Harare last year, is set to be handed over to the Family today. Trooper Gora hailed from Sanyati Area of Kadoma District, under Chief Hozheri and Headman Gora.
“The trooper was gunned down by his would-be victim when he attempted an armed robbery at a home in Harare. Because of this dishonour, the Military does not extend honours to such cases which automatically get re-classified as suicide,” said Charamba.
In military traditions, suicide is frowned down upon and carries no honours. Charamba said the remains of such cases are delivered to families by Army Chaplains, “as in fact happened in the case of Trooper Gora”.
“Again for the record, a serving member of the Army who dies in dishonourable circumstances is never accorded military honours. His death is demeaningly treated as an unheroic suicide, whereupon the military merely provides a coffin, and a chaplain to deliver the body to the family of the dead soldier.”
Charamba added that the army had pronounced itself clearly on rogue soldiers.
Charamba said Government is “taking the war to any such rogue elements” who turn into a life of robbery and murder, saying that all of them “are fated to fall by the sword”.
“We will go toe to toe with robbers who use weapons of war. Watch this space!”
“The ZDF has since broken its silence on the spate of violent incidents of armed robberies in which a few of its members and weapons have been involved. Stressing such acts of indiscipline will be dealt with severely, the Military encouraged members of the public to report any such or related acts to the Army and/or the Police.
“ZDF is renowned for high professionalism at home and abroad, and has served in countless peace-keeping and peace-making initiatives in SADC and on the African Continent. Presently, it has a training team in the sister Republic of Mozambique where it has trained and retrained two battalions.”