Zanu-PF un­fazed by Chi­wenga

● Raps him for trea­sonous state­ments ● Reaf­firms pri­macy of pol­i­tics over gun

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ZANU-PF yes­ter­day de­scribed as “trea­sonous” state­ments by Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Com­man­der Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga that the mil­i­tary will not hes­i­tate to take cor­rec­tive mea­sures when they felt the gains of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle were un­der threat.

The rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s na­tional spokesper­son, Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo, said Gen Chi­wenga’s ut­ter­ances were meant to in­cite in­sur­rec­tion and vi­o­lent chal­lenge to the con­sti­tu­tional or­der.

Cde Khaya Moyo said Gen Chi­wenga’s ut­ter­ances did not rep­re­sent the rest of the com­mand el­e­ment and were meant to dis­turb na­tional peace and sta­bil­ity.

“Con­sis­tent with the guid­ing prin­ci­ple of the na­tional lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, the rul­ing Zim­babwe African Na­tional Union Pa­tri­otic Front (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 De­fences Forces (ZDF) was not only sur­pris­ing, but was an out­ra­geous vi­ti­a­tion of pro­fes­sional sol­dier­ship and his wartime record as a high-rank­ing free­dom fighter en­trusted with com­mand re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in a free demo­cratic Zim­babwe,’’ Cde Khaya Moyo said.

The state­ment, Cde Khaya Moyo said, was de­signed to dis­turb the pre­vail­ing peace.

“Clearly cal­cu­lated to dis­turb na­tional peace and sta­bil­ity, the said state­ment by Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga which was not signed, and which did not rep­re­sent the rest of the com­mand el­e­ment, sug­gests trea­son­able con­duct on his part as this was meant to in­cite in­sur­rec­tion and vi­o­lent chal­lenge to the con­sti­tu­tional or­der,” Cde Khaya Moyo said.

“In­deed, this is what hap­pens when the gun seeks to over­reach by dic­tat­ing to pol­i­tics and norms of con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity,” he added.

Zanu-PF, Cde Khaya Moyo said, would never sub­mit to threats.

“As the party run­ning the demo­crat­i­cally elected Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe, Zanu-PF will never suc-

cumb to any threats, least of all those driv­ing from con­duct that is in­con­sis­tent with the tenets of democ­racy and con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism,” he said.

“Not too far back, the Pres­i­dent and First Sec­re­tary of Zanu-PF, Cde R.G. Mu­gabe, who is also Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces, re­minded mem­bers of the uni­formed forces of their sub­or­di­nate place and role vis-à-vis the po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity of the land.”

He went on: “By yes­ter­day’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

CDE KHAYA MOYO ... “ZANU-PF will not suc­cumb to any threats, least of all those driv­ing from con­duct that is in­con­sis­tent with the tenets of democ­racy and con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism”

— Pic­ture by Justin Mu­tenda

Zanu-PF Youth League Sec­re­tary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga (right) ad­dresses a press con­fer­ence in Harare yes­ter­day.

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