Zanu-PF Youth League state­ment in full

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AS the youth of Zimbabwe and as the young peo­ple whose fu­ture will be de­ter­mined by the ac­tions taken in present, we have noted with shock, dis­plea­sure and dis­ap­point­ment the Press state­ment of the Com­man­der of De­fence Forces, Gen­eral Con­statino Gu­vheya Chi­wenga, is­sued yes­ter­day. We as Zanu-PF Youth league are a lion which has awak­ened and found its voice, there­fore we will not sit idly and fold our hands while cheap pot­shots and threats are made against the le­git­i­mate and pop­u­larly elected leader of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe, His Ex­cel­lency, Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­der in Chief of the Zimbabwe De­fence forces, Cde Robert Gabriel Mu­gabe.

This state­ment is there­fore is­sued with­out re­gret, fear or com­punc­tion. De­fend­ing the rev­o­lu­tion and our leader and Pres­i­dent is an idea we live for and it is a prin­ci­ple we are pre­pared to die for.

From the out­set we would like to make it clear that we have every re­spect for the Armed Forces in this coun­try 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. We be­lieve that the views he ex­posed are his per­sonal opin­ions and not the col­lec­tive view of the se­cu­rity forces as a whole.

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

The in­de­pen­dence and democ­racy we en­joy 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. Sec­tion 211(3) of the con­sti­tu­tion is very cat­e­gor­i­cal in mak­ing the armed forces sub­or­di­nate to civil­ian au­thor­ity, pa­tri­otic, pro­fes­sional and non-par­ti­san.

More im­por­tantly the same sec­tion calls upon the armed forces to re­spect the rights and free­doms of all per­sons mores 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 place.

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, 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 rev­o­lu­tion­ary 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. Com­rade Chi­wenga al­luded to sev­eral re­bel­lions 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 sat on their backs.

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.

As the youth we are in our mil­lions and at present the ma­jor­ity in the coun­try. It is our coun­try and fu­ture at stake and we will not let any in­di­vid­ual mil­i­tary man in­ter­fere with the leader of the party and le­git­i­mately voted Pres­i­dent of this coun­try Cde Robert Gabriel Mu­gabe. All those in se­cu­rity fa­tigues who wish to en­gage in pol­i­tics are free to throw their hats in 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 and guard in de­fence of the rev­o­lu­tion like the peo­ple of Turkey last year who re­pelled rogue se­cu­rity forces from in­ter­fer­ing with an elected gov­ern­ment.

Free­dom of ex­pres­sion is a right en­shrined in the con­sti­tu­tion and crit­i­cis­ing pub­lic or­gans like the se­cu­rity sec­tor and the gov­ern­ment are the life and blood of any democ­racy.

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 or­gan by re­plac­ing dead­wood traitors, loot­ers and com­mon crim­i­nals is be­ing taken as an at­tack on war vet­er­ans.

There are thou­sands of war vet­er­ans keep­ing a for­ti­fied guard with the youth and save for shal­low and empty char­ac­ters like Mutsvangwa, Matemadanda, 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 and 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 Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa.

Com­rade Chi­wenga lam­poons the party and the Gov­ern­ment for poor eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors while con­ve­niently for­get­ting the ef­fects of sanc­tions, re­ces­sion and ig­nores the valiant ef­forts by Gov­ern­ment to mit­i­gate suf­fer­ing has been ex­tolling at every point and place.

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 the rev­enue af­ter ex­trac­tion. 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.

We no­tice that Com­rade Chi­wenga is pre­scrib­ing the way the party should han­dle its af­fairs and elec­toral pro­cesses.

With all due re­spect this is over­step­ping his bound­aries and man­date. 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 should be re­minded of sev­eral lead­ers of the party like Nd­a­baningi Sit­hole, Edgar Tekere, Ru­nainda Mu­juru fell to the party’s demo­cratic process, there was a deaf­en­ing si­lence by 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 that the peo­ple were wa­ter and the com­rades the fish and the two com­ple­mented each other.

We there­fore view dimly all those who min­imise the role of the peo­ple as they were im­por­tant stake­hold­ers and stock­hold­ers of the rev­o­lu­tion. The elec­tion of civil­ian lead­ers to lofty po­si­tions in the party is recog­nis­ing this fact and is not a re­ver­sal of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary creed. None has a mo­nop­oly to the war of lib­er­a­tion.

The learned Com­rade Chi­wenga who has re­cently ac­quired his PhD de­gree should eas­ily un­der­stand this ele­men­tary fact.

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 chose 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. Now that the shoe is on the other foot you now throw tantrums.

Con­sis­tency and con­form­ing to prin­ci­ples you set for oth­ers is what maketh a rev­o­lu­tion­ary Com­rade Chi­wenga. Zimbabwe is a democ­racy and Zanu-PF has been en­trusted as the cus­to­dian of the lib­er­a­tion and rev­o­lu­tion­ary flame.

There is one leader of the coun­try who is the very man who le­git­i­mately and con­sis­tently has been voted into the of­fice by ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple. That leader Com­rade Chi­wenga is the only elected leader of our Zimbabwe, His Ex­cel­lency, the Pres­i­dent, Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and the Com­man­der in Chief of the Zimbabwe De­fence Forces Cde R G Mu­gabe.

In con­clu­sion, we the youth of Zimbabwe con­sti­tute the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion in our mil­lions and it is at stake. Free­dom is a non-ne­go­tiable birthright 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 whom lie in mass graves. 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 counter parts in the Po­lice, Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional ser­vices and Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Or­gan­i­sa­tions who were not part of yes­ter­day’s cir­cus.

We there­fore call upon all the youth of Zimbabwe re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, race, gen­der or creed to stand up and be counted when the time comes.

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