In a joint statement, the ZDF and Zimbabwe Republic Police described the message as a hoax “meant to cause alarm and despondency in the country”.
“Some of the false messages include the one where it is alleged that soldiers are calling upon the people of Zimbabwe to go onto the streets and shut down Zimbabwe. For the record, this message and its contents should be dismissed. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces does not communicate through social media. Such propaganda is meant to incite public violence and tarnish the image of Zimbabwe Defence Forces,” the statement, co-signed by national police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba and ZDF spokesperson, Colonel Overson Mugwisi, read.