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Published: December 16, 2008
By Moses Muchemwa
Bulawayo (ZimEye)-Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perence Shiri was injured in an assassination attempt after being shot and injured on Saturday evening by unidentified gunmen.
He was ambushed while he was driving to his farm near Harare.
Shiri, who is widely viewed as a warlord who led the gukurahundi killings against Ndebeles in Matabeleland in the 1980s, suffered a gunshot wound on the right palm and is receiving treatment at a Harare hospital. Sources said he was shot by his Zanu-PF colleagues over unclear differences.
Shiriâ€™s assassination plot comes against a background of revelations that Zanu-PF commissar Elliot Manyika was shot.
Minister of Home Affairs, Kembo Mohadi, said Shiriâ€™s incident was part of terror attacks to destabilise the country.
â€œThe attack on Air Marshal Shiri appears to be a build-up of terror attacks targeting high-profile persons, Government officials, Government establishments and public transportation systems,â€ Mohadi claimed in a statement announcing the assassination attempt.
The desperate President Robert Mugabe regime has blamed Botswana for training MDC militia.
MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti, has scoffed at the allegations and accused Mugabe of planning to declare a state of emergency.
[Moses Muchemwa is a journalist and partner with the ZimEye. He can
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