Re­main fo­cused, army urged

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

SOL­DIERS have been urged to re­main fo­cused and not be swayed by el­e­ments at­tempt­ing to oust the con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Zanu-PF Gov­ern­ment.

The call was made yes­ter­day by the Com­man­der of 1 In­fantry Brigade in Bulawayo, Brigadier Gen­eral Au­gus­tine Chip­were at a cer­e­mony at which the brigade and unit were pre­sented with their colours.

He said all troops must ap­pre­ci­ate that dis­ci­pline and train­ing are the prin­ci­pal points of pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces and must be main­tained at all times.

“I urge you to re­main fo­cused and not to be di­verted by oth­ers who think that they can re­move the Gov­ern­ment un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally. Our core busi­ness is to en­sure that the con­sti­tu­tion re­mains up­held,” said Brig Gen Chip­were.

“Our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to en­sure that there is peace and tran­quil­ity at all times in the coun­try. Yes here and there, there might be oth­ers who may think that they may di­vert us from that fo­cus. We should re­main fo­cused in en­sur­ing that peace and tran­quil­ity pre­vails and it is our con­sti­tu­tional obli­ga­tion to make sure that we up­hold peace at all times.”

Our Harare Bureau yes­ter­day re­ported that the Gov­ern­ment had taken to task South Africa’s Gupta fam­ily-owned news chan­nel Africa News Net­work 7 (ANN7) for car­ry­ing false­hoods that Zim­babwe’s se­cu­rity forces had joined the op­po­si­tion-led demon­stra­tions.

In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary and Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Mr Ge­orge Charamba wrote to ANN7 af­ter the tele­vi­sion sta­tion broad­cast a story orig­i­nally pub­lished by CAJ News quot­ing un­named se­cu­rity per­son­nel claim­ing that they were join­ing the protests be­cause they had not been paid.

Ac­cord­ing to a Zim­babwe De­fence Forces of­fi­cial, the sol­diers were ac­tu­ally paid on Au­gust 22. — @win­nie_­masara

Brigadier Gen­eral Au­gus­tine Chip­were

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