Zanu-PF Youth league slams Gen Chi­wenga

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THE Zanu-PF youth league yes­ter­day cas­ti­gated Zimbabwe De­fence Forces Com­man­der, Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga, for med­dling in civil­ian af­fairs in a dis­guised pur­suit of his self­ish in­ter­ests and those of axed Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa.

The rul­ing party’s na­tional sec­re­tary for youth af­fairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga, said at­tempts to in­flu­ence pro­cesses in Zanu-PF through in­di­rect threats to­wards Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe were not shared by the rest of the mil­i­tary com­mand struc­ture.

Cde Chipanga said the league has to­tal re­spect for the armed forces and cher­ish their role in pro­tect­ing and safe­guard­ing the coun­try and its rev­o­lu­tion.

“We are how­ever, to­tally against the bulk of the press state­ment is­sued by Gen­eral Chi­wenga yes­ter­day (Mon­day). We be­lieve that the views he ex­pressed are his per­sonal opin­ions and not the col­lec­tive view of the se­cu­rity forces as a whole,” he said.

“It is no se­cret that the se­cu­rity forces in Zimbabwe know their pa­ram­e­ters and hence the in­ter­na­tional re­spect they earned wher­ever they have played a role. We there­fore ad­dress him di­rectly and in kind.”

Cde Chipanga said the in­de­pen­dence and democ­racy en­joyed in the coun­try “did not come through the bar­rel of the mouth or press con­fer­ence” but through the bar­rel of the gun and tens of thou­sands shed their blood in a great sac­ri­fice for the in­de­pen­dence, peace and democ­racy which is now un­der as­sault.

“This free­dom is there­fore sacro­sanct and we will not fold our hands to al­low a crea­ture of the con­sti­tu­tion sub­vert the very con­sti­tu­tion which es­tab­lishes it.”

Cde Chipanga said Sec­tion 211(3) of the

and his war time record as a high rank­ing free­dom fighter en­trusted with Com­mand re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in a free and demo­cratic Zimbabwe,” he said. con­sti­tu­tion is clear on the sub­or­di­na­tion of armed forces to civil­ian au­thor­ity.

He said the sec­tion also calls upon the armed forces to re­spect the rights and free­doms of all per­sons moreso the right of as­so­ci­a­tion.

“The se­lec­tive read­ing of the con­sti­tu­tion of Zimbabwe by Com­rade Chi­wenga whilst ig­nor­ing this im­por­tant part can­not go un­chal­lenged as well as sec­tion 208(2) which makes the in­ter­fer­ence of the armed forces in civil­ian mat­ters il­le­gal. Sec­tion 218 of the same con­sti­tu­tion again for­bids the army and se­cu­rity forces and con­fines them to the bar­racks where they be­long dur­ing times of peace,” said Cde Chipanga.

“We are there­fore tak­ing a stand against those who are bent on sow­ing di­vi­sion among our peo­ple and also those tak­ing ad­van­tage of the priv­i­lege of their ap­point­ment by our Pres­i­dent to ex­tort guar­an­tees and im­mu­nity for fugi­tives and bor­der jumpers from the same ap­point­ing au­thor­ity. Th­ese peo­ple should be warned that we the youth are in our mil­lions and those wish to ride on the back of the tiger will end up in­side.

“As a rev­o­lu­tion party, Zanu PF is evolv­ing and plac­ing it­self at the fore­front of the con­sti­tu­tional dis­pen­sa­tion we fought the op­pres­sor and ob­tained. Cre­ative de­struc­tion and change of guard in cer­tain ar­eas has al­ways been the na­ture of the beast.”

Cde Chipanga said in his press state­ment, Gen Chi­wenga al­luded to sev­eral re­bel­lions in Africa, which were quashed, “but for­got to men­tion that the ma­jor­ity were caused, mo­ti­vated and driven by ego­tis­ti­cal mil­i­tary in­di­vid­u­als who thought the rev­o­lu­tion­ary sun rose and set on their backs”.

“Clearly cal­cu­lated to dis­turb na­tional peace and sta­bil­ity, the said state­ment by Gen Chi­wenga, which was not signed, and which did not rep­re­sent the rest of

“The prin­ci­ple which es­tab­lished Zanu-PF is very clear. 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 coun­try.”

Cde Chipanga said the youth are the ma­jor­ity in the coun­try and would not al­low any in­di­vid­ual mil­i­tary man to in­ter­fere with the func­tions of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe who was le­git­i­mately elected. “All those in se­cu­rity fa­tigues who wish to en­gage in pol­i­tics are free to throw their hats into the ring and not hide be­hind the bar­rel of a gun. We also wish to re­mind them that con­niv­ing and con­spir­ing to over­throw a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected gov­ern­ment is a crime in this coun­try and any­where in the world.

“The African Union and SADC po­si­tion is very clear and we as the youth will stand guard in de­fence of the rev­o­lu­tion like the peo­ple of Turkey last year who re­pelled rogue se­cu­rity forces from in­ter­fer­ing with an elected gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Cde Chipanga said free­dom of ex­pres­sion en­shrined in the con­sti­tu­tion al­lows for the crit­i­cism of pub­lic or­gans like the gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary sec­tor.

“The se­cu­rity sec­tor like any or­gan of the state will not be im­mune to crit­i­cism in­clud­ing you Com­rade Chi­wenga as you are a ser­vant ap­pointed (not elected) to serve the peo­ple .

“We also note with con­cern that the re­newal of the party and strength­en­ing of its or­gans by re­plac­ing dead­wood traitors, loot­ers and com­mon crim­i­nals is be­ing taken as an at­tack on war vet­er­ans,” he said.

“There are thou­sands of war vet­er­ans keep­ing a for­ti­fied guard with the youth. Save for shal­low and empty char­ac­ters like (Chris) Mutsvangwa, (Vic­tor) Matemadanda, (Dou­glas) Mahiya and a few lumpen el­e­ments, the war vet­er­ans are be­hind the party.

“Th­ese rebel el­e­ments who shy away from all demo­cratic pro­cesses and have never won or com­peted in any demo­cratic sphere, un­der­stand the lan­guage of im­po­si­tion as they were im­posed by Com­rade Chi­wenga and Com­rade Mnan­gagwa to serve their in­ter­ests.

“Th­ese char­ac­ters whose shady ap­point­ment at a shad­owy Masvingo con­fer­ence funded by a busi­ness­man whom we shall not name at the mo­ment are the ones act­ing as foot sol­diers for Com­rade Chi­wenga and the La­coste fac­tion to ad­vo­cate the suc­ces­sion­ist agenda of the fugi­tive ( Em­mer­son) Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa.”

Cde Chipanga said Gen Chi­wenga lam­poons the party and the gov­ern­ment for poor eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors whilst con­ve­niently for­get­ting the ef­fects of sanc­tions and re­ces­sion.

“He also con­ve­niently for­gets to men­tion the ster­ling ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment in price sta­bil­i­sa­tion of ba­sic com­modi­ties. As Com­man­der of the De­fence Forces, Com­rade Chi­wenga, we await a full re­port on the never ac­counted for rev­enue af­ter ex­trac­tion (of di­a­monds). This money would go a long way in al­le­vi­at­ing the ob­tain­ing hard­ships the sol­diers are fac­ing and im­prove their wel­fare and morale.

“Com­rade Chi­wenga can­not have his cake and eat it too. He also can­not ben­e­fit from his own mis­chief and mis­deeds in that to­gether with the for­mer Min­is­ter of De­fence now fugi­tive Com­rade Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa, they dis­mally failed in the stew­ard­ship of rev­enue streams that flowed from di­a­mond con­ces­sions al­lo­cated to the De­fence Forces whose sole pur­pose was cush­ion­ing the De­fence Forces from eco­nomic hard­ships. A day will come when those re­spon­si­ble will have to ac­count to the peo­ple.”

Cde Chipanga said Gen Chi­wenga was over­step­ping his bound­aries and man­date by pre­scrib­ing the way the party should han­dle its af­fairs and elec­toral pro­cesses.

“Zimbabwe is in a time of peace not war. There­fore mar­tial law pre­scrip­tions have no room and will not be tol­er­ated in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party. Cde Chi­wenga seems to be op­er­at­ing un­der a mis­ap­pre­hen­sion that the ap­point­ment of Cde Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa as Deputy Pres­i­dent was an anoint­ing of him as suc­ces­sor to the Pres­i­dent,” he said.

“He should be re­minded that sev­eral lead­ers of the party like Nd­a­baningi Sit­hole, Edgar Tekere and Ru­nainda Mu­juru fell to the party’s demo­cratic process but there was a deaf­en­ing si­lence from the same forces who now cry wolf. The war of lib­er­a­tion should not be pri­va­tised as the povo also suf­fered the brunt of the war. The teach­ings of Mao Tse Tung taught us that the peo­ple were wa­ter and the com­rades the fish and the two com­ple­mented each other.”

Cde Chipanga said they view dimly all those who min­imise the role of the peo­ple as they were im­por­tant stake­hold­ers and stock­hold­ers of the rev­o­lu­tion.

He said the elec­tion of civil­ian lead­ers to lofty po­si­tions in the party is a recog­ni­tion of this fact and not a re­ver­sal of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary creed.

“No one has a mo­nop­oly of the war of lib­er­a­tion. The learned Com­rade Chi­wenga who re­cently ac­quired his PhD De­gree should eas­ily un­der­stand this ele­men­tary fact,” said Cde Chipanga.

“The cre­ative de­struc­tion in Zanu-PF is democ­racy at play. Cde Mnan­gagwa was voted out by a unan­i­mous vote of all prov­inces and or­gans.

“We on this day choose to stand by the will of peo­ple like Gen­eral Josiah Ton­gog­ara, Jason Ziya­papa Moyo, Nikita Man­gena and Vi­talis Zvinavashe.Those who want to stand in front of the Free­dom Train will go the way of Nyathi Nyad­zonya,Ha­madziripi and Nd­a­baningi Sit­hole. We are watch­ing you and toyeuchidzana that you were in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of the one cen­tre of power in the party only be­cause then it was ben­e­fit­ing your sur­ro­gate and fugi­tive Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa,” said Cde Chipanga.

“Now that the shoe is on the other foot you now throw tantrums. Con­sis­tency and con­form­ing to prin­ci­ples you set for oth­ers is what makes a rev­o­lu­tion­ary Com­rade Chi­wenga. Zimbabwe is a democ­racy and Zanu-PF has been en­trusted as the cus­to­dian of the lib­er­a­tion and rev­o­lu­tion­ary flame.”

Cde Chipanga said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe re­mains the only elected leader of Zimbabwe.

“Free­dom is a non-ne­go­tiable birth right be­stowed upon us by the rev­o­lu­tion. It is a tree that was wa­tered by the blood of thou­sands of lib­er­a­tion war he­roes and the com­mon peo­ple most of who lie in mass graves,” he said.

“This lib­er­a­tion and fun­da­men­tal rights which came at such steep price can­not be the per­sonal prop­erty of one rogue el­e­ment in the se­cu­rity sec­tor with power to give it and take at will. No sin­gle per­son has the power to im­pose his min­ions to lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

“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 army need to take a leaf from their coun­ter­parts in the Po­lice, Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional ser­vices and Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Or­gan­i­sa­tion who were not part of yes­ter­day’s cir­cus.”

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