De­fence Min­is­ter says Gov­ern­ment firmly in con­trol of Zim­babwe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Lloyd Gumbo

THE Gov­ern­ment is com­pletely in con­trol of the coun­try with the po­lice hav­ing man­aged to deal with MDC T- led il­le­gal demon­stra­tions in Harare, De­fence Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi said yes­ter­day.

He said this while trash­ing claims in South African me­dia that the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces had joined the il­le­gal protests.

It is un­der­stood the in­ten­tion of the sponsored sto­ries was to cre­ate an im­pres­sion that the coun­try had be­come un­govern­able.

A num­ber of South African me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions on Mon­day picked a story from CAJ News that claimed that the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces had joined the il­le­gal demon­stra­tions.

“There is ab­so­lutely no truth in those fab­ri­ca­tions that sol­diers have joined anti-Gov­ern­ment protests,” said Min­is­ter Sek­era­mayi.

“All the armed forces are stand­ing solidly be­hind the Gov­ern­ment. They will not take part in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties that seek to re­move a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Gov­ern­ment.”

The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice on Mon­day re­vealed that the MDC-T and its af­fil­i­ate po­lit­i­cal par­ties and civic group­ings were sourc­ing repli­cas of po­lice and Zim­babwe Na­tional Army uni­forms from an African coun­try (name with­held) with the in­ten­tion of us­ing them to desta­bilise the coun­try.

In­di­ca­tions are that they want to give the replica uni­forms to their ac­tivists so that they wear them dur­ing their il­le­gal demon­stra­tions with the in­ten­tion of deceiving Zim­bab­weans that the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces were part of the protests.

In fact, the party’s youth chair­per­son Hap­py­more Chidziva, wore the replica ZNA uni­form on Wed­nes­day last week when he ad­dressed party ac­tivists be­fore lead­ing a vi­o­lent demon­stra­tion that re­sulted in de­struc­tion of prop­erty, ston­ing and burn­ing of ve­hi­cles.

“But we also know that there will be so many peo­ple pos­ing as sol­diers. The op­po­si­tion has been try­ing their best to get what will ap­pear as cam­ou­flage of the De­fence Forces in or­der to con­fuse peo­ple that they have teamed up. But the sol­diers are not part of that.

“Gov­ern­ment is in con­trol be­cause there is the po­lice and the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence or­gan­i­sa­tion. They will ex­pose this. There is no break­down of law in Zim­babwe. The po­lice have man­aged to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion,” said Min­is­ter Sek­era­mayi.

He also dis­missed claims in some lo­cal pri­vate me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions that sol­diers were last Fri­day night de­ployed to crush op­po­si­tion el­e­ments who were spear­head­ing the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions.

“When sol­diers are de­ployed ev­ery­one can see it. You don’t have to imag­ine. There is a wrong im­pres­sion that is be­ing cre­ated and pur­veyed through hos­tile me­dia that things are very bad in Zim­babwe. But the truth is that the po­lice have man­aged to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion,” said Min­is­ter Sek­era­mayi.

In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Mr Ge­orge Charamba, on Mon­day wrote to one of the me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions in South Africa, the Gup­tas’ Africa News Net­work 7 (ANN7) tele­vi­sion sta­tion, ex­press­ing Gov­ern­ment’s dis­gust at the sta­tion’s broad­cast­ing of a story that they picked from CAJ News with­out seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion from Zim­babwe.

The story claimed that un­named sol­diers and po­lice of­fi­cers had in­di­cated that they were join­ing the demon­stra­tions be­cause they had not been paid yet they were paid.

Min­is­ter Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi

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