Zimbabwe’s youth league jumps to Mu­gabe’s de­fense against army threats

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - WORLD REPORT -

THE youth league of Zimbabwe’s rul­ing Zanu PF party has de­nounced the threats of the army against the party say­ing its in­ter­fer­ence is il­le­gal.

The group said in a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day that they are pre­pared to die in de­fense of their leader Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe in the face of threats by the army.

“We as Zanu PF Youth league are a lion which has awak­ened and found its voice, there­fore we will not sit idly and fold our hands whilst cheap pot­shots and threats are made against Mu­gabe,” said the sec­re­tary of the youth league Kudzai Chipanga.

He told the me­dia “de­fend­ing the rev­o­lu­tion and our leader and pres­i­dent is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a prin­ci­ple we are pre­pared to die for”.

“This is an as­sault on our free­dom as we now have a new con­sti­tu­tion which places sol­diers in bar­racks and civil­ian au­thor­ity in power … The guns will fol­low the pol­i­tics and not the pol­i­tics fol­low­ing the guns. Cde Chi­wenga there­fore can­not be al­lowed to dic­tate who will lead the Party and the Coun­try,” he added.

This was in di­rect re­sponse to the state­ment of the army com­man­der Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga who called for an end to the purge of for­mer lib­er­a­tion fight­ers in the party by peo- ple he de­scribed as coun­ter­rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies.

Chipanga cited the con­sti­tu­tion, which frowns against the mil­i­tary in­ter­fer­ing in pol­i­tics, and ad­vised them to do so. “Con­niv­ing and con­spir­ing to over­throw a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected gov­ern­ment is a crime in this coun­try and any­where in the world … the youth will stand guard in the de­fense of the rev­o­lu­tion,” he em­pha­sised.

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