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ZANU-PF militia (Zimbabwe)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 100
Country: Zimbabwe
Date formed: July 8, 1985
Details of Formation: ZANU-PF militia is related to "War vets" and "Youth Brigade." See those entries for origins: ZANU-PF militia emerged later as an amalgamation of these two groups (but also including non-war vet/youth members supporting Mugabe's ZANU-PF party). Used especially to intimidate opposition politicians and their supporters, not exclusively but especially at election time.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: Still active
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister; political party
Training and Equipment no
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: ethnic; ideology; adolescents; former rebels; party activists
Location: nationwide, inc. Harare, Bulawayo, Mashonaland
Force Strength: [unknown, unknown]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics; ethnic group; journalists
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious leader(s); intimidation of ethnic/religious groups
Other Information: "protect democracy" means to implement Mugabe's plans and intimidate opposition politicians, supporters and to ensure that regular citizens vote 'in the correct way'.