The British government has warned saying Zimbabwe could be attacked by militants.
While there is no recent history of terrorism in Zimbabwe, attacks cannot be ruled out, the world’s second most powerful nation said in its first ever statement which fingers Zimbabwe, putting it at the forefront of global security concerns and geo politics. Already the British government has banned its employees from using Air Zimbabwe.
The statement comes amid revelations that Zimbabwe is now officially listed as one of those countries ISIS militant Raymond Matimba “travelled to on his way to Syria.” ZimEye can reveal Matimba went to school in Wedza and only left the country for the UK in 2003.
Was Matimba influenced by militants inside Zimbabwe?
That Matimba was influenced by Zimbabwean locals was not clear at the time of writing, although some fundamentalistic behaviour was spotted on Zimbabwe cabinet Minister Lazarus Dokora who was this year recorded on video saying that Islam was Zimbabwe’s first religion in 1980. Moreover Matimba’s own relatives voiced to ZimEye.com saying he was rather ensnared into fundamentalism through an affair with a Turkish woman.
Notwithstanding, the British government issued a statement saying attacks on Zimbabwe cannot be ruled out and British govt employees must stop using the Simba Chikore run national airline, Air Zimbabwe. “Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Zimbabwe, attacks can’t be ruled out,” the UK government said.
Meanwhile they also warned against Air Zimbabwe saying, “Air Zimbabwe has been refused permission to operate flights to the EU because the airline has been unable to demonstrate that it complies with international air safety standards.”
The statement went further stating, “British government employees travelling to and within Zimbabwe have been advised to use carriers that aren’t subject to the EU operating ban,” a move that is likely to negatively impact the struggling national airline.
Author: Ray Nkosi