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Chiwenga warns Mugabe, Zanu PF

General Constantine Chiwenga

Speaking in Harare in the unprecedented public reprimand of Mugabe and Zanu PF, the commander of the Defence Forces — General Constantino Chiwenga — also warned the former liberation movement against firing struggle stalwarts from within its ranks.

“The current purging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” the visibly angry general thundered at a media conference.

His open and scathing criticism of the Zanu PF leadership came after former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired from both the government and the warring ruling party last week, for allegedly showing “traits of disloyalty”.

“It is pertinent to restate that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces remain the major stockholder in respect to the gains of the liberation struggle and when these are threatened we are obliged to take corrective measures.

“Clearly, Zanu PF — having mainly been the only party that has ruled this country since independence — it has become a household name to most Zimbabweans across the political divide.

“Accordingly, there is distress, trepidation and despondence within the nation. Our peace-loving people who have stood by their government and endured some of the trying social and economic conditions ever experienced are extremely disturbed by what is happening within the ranks of the national revolutionary party.

“What is obtaining in the revolutionary party is a direct result of the machinations of counter revolutionaries who have infiltrated the party and whose agenda is to destroy it from within.

“It is saddening to see our revolution being hijacked by agents of our erstwhile enemies who are now at the brink of returning our country to foreign domination against which so many of our people perished,” Chiwenga said while flanked by the commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, the acting commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, as well as several major generals and brigadier generals.

“It is our strong and deeply considered position that if drastic action is not taken immediately, our beloved country Zimbabwe is definitely headed to become a neo-colony again.

“The current purging and cleansing process in Zanu PF, which so far is targeting mostly members associated with our liberation history, is a serious cause for concern to us in the defence forces,” Chiwenga added.

This is the first time ever in post-independent Zimbabwe that the country’s military has publicly rebuked Mugabe and Zanu PF. When they have openly veered into politics, this has mostly been to lambast the opposition.

Zanu PF has for the past five years been devouring itself through its internecine infighting, which first led to the expulsion of former vice president Joice Mujuru in the run up to the party’s congress in 2014.

Mujuru — together with party stalwarts who included Cabinet ministers Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo —  were hounded out of the former liberation movement on untested allegations of plotting to topple Mugabe from power.

At the beginning of 2015, the infighting escalated further, as a faction of young Turks going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40) launched a vicious and ultimately successful assault on Mnangagwa, as it went full steam to derail his ambitions to succeed Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, until his surprise sacking last week, had been Mugabe’s aide for more than five decades and many people were for long seeing him as a shoo-in to succeed the Zanu PF leader.

However, and particularly since the beginning of this year, it had become evident that the relationship between the two men had become increasingly strained and untenable.

With Zanu PF divided in the middle over the party’s unresolved succession riddle, the tribal and factional feuds took an ominous turn in August when Mnangagwa fell sick during an interface rally in Gwanda — which his backers said was allegedly a poison attack by his G40 enemies.

The Midlands godfather was later airlifted to South Africa where he received emergency surgery.

He subsequently issued a statement denying that his illness was caused by ice cream from the First Family’s Gushungo Dairies, although he consistently suggested that he had indeed been poisoned.

In the past few weeks, powerful first lady Grace cranked up the heat on Mnangagwa, accusing him of fanning the ruling party’s rampant factionalism, being a coward and also occupying a position that should have been reserved for a woman.

After firing Mnangagwa, who has since gone into self-imposed exile, Zanu PF provinces have now also since gone on to recommend the expulsion of more than 100 senior officials said to have been backing him.

Among those facing the chop are ministers Patrick Chinamasa, Kembo Mohadi, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Josaya Hungwe, Christopher Mushohwe, Christopher Chingosho and Win Mlambo — who are all set to appear before a party disciplinary hearing.

Yesterday, Chiwenga also said bluntly that as a result of the Zanu PF infighting, there had been little progress in the country.

“As a result of squabbling within the ranks of Zanu PF, there has been no meaningful development in the country for the past five years.

“The resultant economic impasse has ushered in more challenges to the Zimbabwean populace, such as cash shortages and rising commodity prices.

“While our people may be persuaded to take what is going on in Zanu PF as internal political matters in that party, the truth remains that Zanu PF’s conduct and behaviour as a ruling party has direct impact on the lives of every citizen — hence all of us, regardless of political affiliation, are affected by the party’s manner of doing business.

“From a security point of view, we cannot ignore the experiences of countries such as Somalia, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Central Africa Republic and many others in our region where minor political differences degenerated into serious conflict that has decimated the social, political and economic security of ordinary people,” Chiwenga said.

The military boss said Section 212 of the Constitution mandated the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to protect Zimbabwe and to uphold the Constitution.

“Among other security threats that are coming out of what is obtaining in Zanu PF are reckless utterances by politicians denigrating the military, which are causing despondency within the rank and file.

“Further, we note with concern the attempts by some politicians to drive a wedge between the security services, for their own selfish interests. This is unacceptable.

“We take great exception to this behaviour. The military is an institution whose roles cut across the wider spectrum of government support functions in the form of military aid to civil power and military aid to civil ministries, which are roles derived from defence instruments.

“Therefore, we want to state here and now that the history of our revolution cannot be re-written by those who have not been part of it,” Chiwenga added. Daily News

  • waiting for Mugabe ‘s response

  • waiting for Mugabe ‘s response

  • Mdhara makufarisa imi

  • Mdhara makufarisa imi

  • Taneta na Mugabe please action must be taken

  • Taneta na Mugabe please action must be taken

  • Vari kutamba nepfungwa dzedu vanhu ava

  • Vari kutamba nepfungwa dzedu vanhu ava

  • Interesting!!!

  • Interesting!!!

  • Chiwenga & co. makatononokera Colgate imi ,u are all going to be wiped out na Mugabe very soon u will be history

  • Chiwenga & co. makatononokera Colgate imi ,u are all going to be wiped out na Mugabe very soon u will be history

  • Vanopindira havaridze huhwi

  • Vanopindira havaridze huhwi

  • Ngavatange nekuenda kumamisha kurikumanikidzwa vanhu kuenda kumisangano ye ZANU pf vachitadzisa vanhu kushandira mhuri dzavo ,kuswera vachiyanika vanhu pazuva vachitaura zvisina nebasa rese mxaa

  • Ngavatange nekuenda kumamisha kurikumanikidzwa vanhu kuenda kumisangano ye ZANU pf vachitadzisa vanhu kushandira mhuri dzavo ,kuswera vachiyanika vanhu pazuva vachitaura zvisina nebasa rese mxaa

  • Mxxxxxxxxxm sesikhathele ngalezi izinja umugabe lesfebe sakhe uGrace

  • Dzavangano idzi

  • Mxxxxxxxxxm sesikhathele ngalezi izinja umugabe lesfebe sakhe uGrace

  • I think this time zanu pf is going to fall to much fighting and missconduct in the party guess everyone has realised kutimgabe akajiswa zimbabwe yakutongerwa mubed room #family buisness

  • Magandanga power,hwamanda yarira

  • Ngavarovane kana zvanetsa…..tambai zvibhakera.

  • Maita basa General.haa the madness had gone to far

  • Zimbabwe ngaimbogara isina president nemasoja nepolice for 5 years timboona

  • We have been in political crisis since these military bosses were denying the MDC rule so nothing amiss here

  • It is only a climbing rope that can be twisted the truth can NEVER be twisted

  • The chickens are coming home to roost. We wont shed no tears. You can fool some people sometime but you cant fool all the people all the time. Now tht you have seen the light stand up for your rights This is what i call a General worth his salt

  • Panotungana dzemudanga @??? Just singing

  • I don’t believe this guy, we expected this in 2008 when MDC worn election, but he and military chose to protect ZANU pf and Mugabe instead of protecting and respecting people’s choices. He was quiet when mujuru was fired, and now his cde in crime was fired, that’s when he chose to speak out. No we are not fools, jus resign general and remove the uniform and come to political play ground. Tsvangirai had advised you to do so a long time ago

  • The general is right

  • This is just meant to frustrate the looming opposition victory in 2018. They have sensed that.

  • Long over Due🙅🙅🙅🙅🙅

  • In Chinese we pronounce his name as General Chewing gum

  • Hoo mwakuchiyeuka iko zvino.takakuudzai kare kare kuti musasapote ma glass sapotai pfungwa dzemunhu musvinu chionai manje.mudhra achauya.

  • Constantino guveya 🖕🖕🖕💪

  • Stop it chiwenga,hokoyo nehadzi ya Robie ,mhinduro yako nemhosva dzako zvasara kupakurwa chete nagiresi

  • Yes plz General sir.

  • Shandisa position hommy bcz chikatsva ndiwe uno buda kunorwa….runyararo woyeeee

  • Shandisa position hommy bcz chikatsva ndiwe uno buda kunorwa….runyararo woyeeee

  • Shandisa position hommy bcz chikatsva ndiwe uno buda kunorwa….runyararo woyeeee

  • nyika yatorwa nemauto

  • nyika yatorwa nemauto

  • nyika yatorwa nemauto

  • Zimbabwe ndeeropa! Kwete raMugabe no, not at all, Mugabe must fall

  • General INI ndinotiwo regai kuswera muchitamba softers. Taurirai Mugabe nemhuri yake kuti vachibuda muState House. I do believe kuti chero Tsvangirai ariiye hake anemaKeys arugare rweZimbabwe, nguva ngaichipiwa Mumwe munhu atonge. Get Mnangagwa back home atungamirire vanhu. Chokwadi tanzwa nenhamo makatarira muchigona kuita kuti zvinhu zvisununguke. Mugabe’s time is very much over due. We have had enough of The Mugabe’s. Stop talking and just make things happen. Now tell Mugabe to just resign now. Hamunzwire vanhu ngoni nei..? Mhuri yeZimbabwe irikuchema zvizhinji kwazvo. Stop talking to those ppl and just do it. Get them out…. U still HV a chance to make it upto the ppl of Zimbabwe who HV just gone extremely poor be4 your eyes… Nzirai vanhu tsitsi…..

    • Endai munovhiya mbudzi baba. Kunatsa zvinhu ivo varivo vakaondonga?

    • Endai munovhiya mbudzi baba. Kunatsa zvinhu ivo varivo vakaondonga?

    • Endai munovhiya mbudzi baba. Kunatsa zvinhu ivo varivo vakaondonga?

    • i think its only Fair to remand matters, every time u find urself at fault. Vakatadza asika vakazodzoka voona kutadza kwavo zvinova zvinoyemurika… its about time Mugabe meet size dzake… Peaceful talks failed Mugabe. Zvese zvakaipa zvaiitika munyika ndiye aikonzeresa. Everybody did what shit they did in the name of Impressing and fear of madhala Gushungo.

  • Go ahead

  • Go ahead

  • Go ahead

  • hum-huu, murikutokwata zvenyu imi.makagadzwa nani?munofunga kuti asingazive kuti in-chief zvinoreveyi ndiani?

    vamwe muchapfeka mapamper ipapa navo asekuru ivavaye.chenjerayi, chematsenga nzungu hauchizive kuti chinouya neruoko rwupi.