Rul­ing party re­sponds to Army Gen­eral’s ut­ter­ances

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A STATE­MENT is­sued by the Com­man­der of the Zimbabwe De­fence Forces, Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga, pur­port­ing to speak on be­half of the ZDF, was not only sur­pris­ing and out­ra­geous but sug­gests trea­son­able con­duct on his part as it was meant to in­cite in­sur­rec­tion and vi­o­lent chal­lenge to the Con­sti­tu­tional Or­der, the rul­ing Zanu-PF party said yes­ter­day.

It said the un­signed state­ment did not rep­re­sent the rest of the Com­mand El­e­ment of the armed forces and Zanu-PF – as the party run­ning the demo­crat­i­cally elected Gov­ern­ment of Zimbabwe — would never suc­cumb to any threats, least of all, those de­riv­ing from con­duct that is in­con­sis­tent with the tenets of democ­racy and Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism.

On Mon­day, Gen Chi­wenga ad­dressed a Press Con­fer­ence at the KGVI army head­quar­ters in Harare dur­ing which he read a pre­pared state­ment which sought to di­rect Zanu-PF on how to con­duct its in­ter­nal af­fairs.

He made de­mands that the rul­ing party should ful­fill fail­ure to which the army would “step in”.

Gen Chi­wenga di­rected Zanu-PF to “ex­pose and fish out” known counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ary el­e­ments “who have fo­mented the cur­rent in­sta­bil­ity in the party”, stop reck­less ut­ter­ances by politi­cians in the party den­i­grat­ing the mil­i­tary and stop the cur­rent dis­ci­plinary process meant to weed out el­e­ments that col­luded, aided and abet­ted for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s quest to un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally usurp power from Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic­ity Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo yes­ter­day said con­sis­tent with the guiding prin­ci­ple of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, Zanu-PF reaf­firms the pri­macy of pol­i­tics over the gun.

“It is against an un­der­stand­ing of this abid­ing prin­ci­ple that the state­ment is­sued by Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga pur­port­ing to speak on be­half of the Zimbabwe De­fence Forces was not only sur­pris­ing, but was an out­ra­geous vi­ti­a­tion of pro­fes­sional sol­dier­ship the Com­mand El­e­ment, sug­gest trea­son­able con­duct on his part as this was meant to in­cite in­sur­rec­tion and vi­o­lent chal­lenge to the Con­sti­tu­tional Or­der. In­deed this is what hap­pens when the gun seeks to over­reach by dic­tat­ing to pol­i­tics and norms of Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity”.

Cde Khaya Moyo, who is also the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, said not too far back, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, who is also the Com­man­der-in-Chief of the ZDF, re­minded mem­bers of the uni­formed forces of their sub­or­di­nate place and role vis-à-vis the po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity of the land.

“By yes­ter­day (Mon­day)’s rep­re­hen­si­ble con­duct, it would ap­pear that this wise coun­sel not only went un­heeded, but was fla­grantly flouted in def­er­ence to fac­tional pol­i­tics and per­sonal am­bi­tions. Such con­duct stands un­re­servedly con­demned not only in the party, but also in our South­ern African re­gion and the en­tire African con­ti­nent where sub­ver­sion of Con­sti­tu­tional Au­thor­ity is frowned upon and re­garded as an ab­so­lute anath­ema,” he said.

For­mer VP Mnan­gagwa was dis­missed from Gov­ern­ment by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe last Mon­day over al­le­ga­tions of, among other things, dis­loy­alty, dis­re­spect, de­ceit, un­re­li­a­bil­ity and lack of pro­bity in the ex­e­cu­tion of his du­ties.

His dis­charge of du­ties had also be­come in­con­sis­tent with his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Last Wed­nes­day, Mr Mnan­gagwa was ex­pelled from Zanu-PF fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions made by the party’s 10 Pro­vin­cial Co-or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tees.

The de­ci­sion was reached dur­ing the 313th Or­di­nary Ses­sion of the Polit­buro which unan­i­mously en­dorsed his dis­missal from Gov­ern­ment.

Since then more than 100 party mem­bers, among them Polit­buro and Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers, ac­cused of work­ing with for­mer VP Mnan­gagwa in his bid to un­pro­ce­du­rally suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, have been rec­om­mended for ei­ther sus­pen­sion or ex­pul­sion.

Zanu-PF has how­ever, em­pha­sised that all dis­ci­plinary cases should be dealt with in ac­cor­dance with laid down pro­ce­dures set out in the party con­sti­tu­tion.

Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga (right) at the Press Con­fer­ence at the KGVI army head­quar­ters in Harare on Mon­day

Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo

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