De­fence forces stand firm by Pres­i­dent: Chi­wenga

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Harare Bureau

THE Zim­babwe De­fence Forces will never ac­cept any un­con­sti­tu­tional change of Gov­ern­ment and will stand firm and un­equiv­o­cal by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe who was duly and demo­crat­i­cally elected by the peo­ple of Zim­babwe, the Com­man­der of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Gen­eral Con­stantino Gu­veya Do­minic Nyikadzino Chi­wenga has said.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day ahead of the 36th an­niver­sary of the ZDF Day Com­mem­o­ra­tions to be held to­day, Gen­eral Chi­wenga said the ZDF has been watch­ing events in the coun­try which have a se­ri­ous po­ten­tial to dis­turb peace.

“These have to stop and peo­ple must fo­cus on de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grammes. The his­tory of this coun­try can­not, and will never be rewrit­ten. It was only done once by colo­nial­ists in the Ber­lin Treaty, who by act of con­quest, de­clared that they had brought civil­i­sa­tion and re­li­gion into Africa in­clud­ing Zim­babwe, as though we did not have our own re­li­gions and civil­i­sa­tion.”

“The African proverb which says, hakuna zuva ri­nobuda rimwe risati ranyura (two peo­ple can­not lead a coun­try at the same time) holds true, be­cause no na­tion can ever have two lead­ers at any one time. There­fore, the ZDF will never ac­cept any un­con­sti­tu­tional change of Gov­ern­ment and we stand firm and un­equiv­o­cal by the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe and com­man­der-in-chief of the ZDF, his Ex­cel­lency Cde Mu­gabe,” he said.

“It fol­lows that the ZDF, while re­main­ing apo­lit­i­cal, would not tol­er­ate or sup­port any un­con­sti­tu­tional change of Gov­ern­ment in the coun­try, whether in­ter­nally or ex­ter­nally in­duced.”

Gen Chi­wenga who was flanked by Air Force Com­man­der Air Mar­shal Per­rance Shiri, Zim­babwe Na­tional Army Com­man­der Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Phillip Va­le­rio Sibanda and six other gen­er­als said while po­ten­tial threats to Zim­babwe’s se­cu­rity were many, the Zim­bab­weans should know that the coun­try is un­der the threat of asym­met­ric war­fare.

He said to date the threat has man­i­fested it­self by way of psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare, in­tru­sive po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, diplo­matic iso­la­tion and socio-cul­tural in­tru­sion.

“Where con­tra­dic­tions ex­ist, we must be able to di­a­logue, bear­ing in mind that we are one peo­ple. We should learn to syn­chro­nise our ap­proaches and have a com­mon vi­sion where the na­tion thinks with one mind, hears with one ear, speaks with one voice and col­lec­tively pulls in one di­rec­tion.”

“It is the ZDF’s hope, there­fore, that the in­ter­nal com­po­nent of this asym­met­ric threat to the coun­try will take heed and de­sist from these di­vi­sive ac­tiv­i­ties for the bet­ter­ment of the whole na­tion,” he said.

He said re­cent events in Zim­babwe clearly demon­strate that State in­sti­tu­tions, socio-po­lit­i­cal sys­tems and even ter­ri­to­ries can now equally be threat­ened by ma­nip­u­la­tion of ideas through the use of so­cial me­dia giv­ing an ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nique at­trib­uted to a clique of war vet­er­ans which he said was a clear illustration of so­cial me­dia abuse by the fifth col­umn and its quis­lings.

Gen Chi­wenga said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way on the mat­ter and cul­prits will face the full wrath of the law say­ing the ZDF will work with other se­cu­rity ser­vices to en­sure that ef­fects of cer­tain in­for­ma­tion, ideas and con­cepts that in­fil­trate into the pop­u­la­tion de­pict what is in line with the preser­va­tion of Zim­babwe’s val­ues, vi­sion and culture.

The ZDF, he said, will take de­lib­er­ate steps to en­sure that the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion in its en­tirety, is not only pro­tected and de­fended but is also up­held, sus­tained and sup­ported at all times.

Asked on me­dia claims that he was sup­port­ing a fac­tion al­legedly led by Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, Gen Chi­wenga said, “That is non­sense. Do you be­lieve in that? Peo­ple who ped­dle such kind of non­sense are not worth their soul.”

Gen Chi­wenga con­grat­u­lated Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, the na­tion and all mem­bers of the de­fence forces and their fam­i­lies on the 36th An­niver­sary of the ZDF.

He said the cel­e­bra­tions will be held un­der the theme, ‘ZDF: Res­o­lute in De­fence of Con­sti­tu­tion, Na­tional Sovereignty, Ter­ri­to­rial In­tegrity and Na­tional In­ter­ests for So­cial and Eco­nomic Growth’.

Gen­eral Con­stantino Nyikadzino Chi­wenga Gu­veya Do­minic

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