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Will Deployment of Troops in Equatorial Guinea Benefit Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwean soldiers who are thought to be escorting President Robert Mugabe leave a private hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Thursday, June, 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Some Zimbabweans have called for transparency in the use of funds derived from the deployment of an unknown number of national army members in Equatorial Guinea, who were guarding VIPs at the just-ended African Cup of Nations.

Several Zimbabweans including former Co-Home Affairs Minister Giles Mutsekwa and a former national army soldier Roger Mthethwa who was deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1990s, told Studio 7 state officials should inform the public about the amount of money being used and received by the country.

Some critics say there was no transparency in the deployment of the soldiers, a situation that will result in lack of accountability for any funds being used and obtained from the international army assignment.

Mutsekwa said the deployment of the soldiers won’t benefit Zimbabwe.

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Mthethwa says the deployment of the soldiers was a mere public relations campaign by Zimbabwe.

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Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi told parliament recently the country deployed the soldiers following a request by Equatorial Guinea for an elite force to protect top officials. Sekeramayi did not respond to calls on his mobile phone.