Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Zimbabwe army angered by Mugabe over Mnangagwa sacking

Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Freda Brock | 14 November, 2017, 04:16

The general's statement comes in the wake of the sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa by President Mugabe who was accused of disloyalty and demonstrating "little probity in the execution of his duties".

"We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution‚ the military will not hesitate to step in‚" he said.

Zimbabwe's army chief has called for an immediate end to purges within President Robert Mugabe's ruling party following the dismisal last week of the country's vice president.

General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name but is believed to be referring to President Mugabe.

"The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with liberation backgrounds must stop forthwith", Chiwenga said. Grace Mugabe, 52, did not fight in that war.

He said the ZANU-PF had been undermined by "gossiping, backbiting and public chastisement" since 2015, and added, "Indeed, the party is undoing its legacy built over the years".

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But the 75-year-old former vice-president has powerful military connections, having served as defence and state security minister. Meanwhile, critics maintained that the former vice president had become a "stumbling block to First Lady's ambitions to succeed her husband".

The crisis, he concluded, meant Zimbabwe was struggling with "cash shortages and rising commodity prices".

KGIV is the most fortified and biggest military barracks in the country and, save for the absence of generals from the Central Intelligence Organisation, Police and Correctional Services, Chiwenga had his ducks in a row and literally threw the gauntlet at Mugabe from the comfort of his citadel of power.

"He is in a corner".

While Mugabe has insisted the wartime maxim of "politics lead the gun" would be the compass that should provide the military with direction Chiwenga argued: "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". "It is a warning that the political class in ZANU-PF is about to cross that red line".

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