A LIEUTENANT Colonel commanding officer Presidential Guard 2 Battalion, Samson Murombo, was this week demoted to a lower rank under yet to be established circumstances, Zim Morning Post has learnt.
Murombo has now been moved to the less fashionable Army Pool Branch Section where he will not be performing any military duties.
The relegation renders him to a position where he will be “busy doing nothing.”
His demotion has given rise to speculation, in particular after he recently featured in an audio where he seemed to have been in an altercation with First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa.
The authenticity of the leaked audio could not be verified, but it went viral on various social media platforms.
Zim Morning Post has it on good authority that Murombo is currently under investigation for allegedly compromising State security.
The alleged investigation comes hard on the heels of explosive leaked audio recordings in which an adult female believed to be the First Lady is heard exposing alleged sour relations between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the military’s top brass, including that Murombo had sent spies to trail her.
In November 2017 the military, led by then Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga, led a military intervention dubbed ‘Operation Restore Legacy’, that saw the ouster of the late former President Robert Mugabe and replaced him with incumbent, Mnangagwa.
Repeated efforts to get a comment from the Zimbabwe National Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore did not yield results as his mobile phone was unreachable prior to publication.
Meanwhile, there has been speculation that his demotion was triggered by the misdemeanors of a junior officer who was alleged to have emptied his magazine at State House earlier this week.