Take off military fatigues, Chiwenga told

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party has challenged defence forces commander Constantino Chiwenga to resign from the military and join politics if he so wishes.

Chiwenga has been accused of dabbling in politics through utterances which have riled opposition and pro-democracy groups, with some claiming his conduct was tantamount to an “armed factionalist in military attire”.

Others have urged him to quit the army and face his opponents in the political ring.

This comes in the wake of Chiwenga’s alleged unconstitutional rants following Mujuru’s attack on President Robert Mugabe at a rally in Mashonaland East Province in April, where she called the nonagenarian to order for allegedly denigrating the role played by other war veterans during the war of liberation.

Chiwenga chose the event to fire a broadside that many believed was a response to Mujuru saying he was aware of machinations of alleged enemies of the country to destabilise Zimbabwe using local elements.

“By commenting on statements made by  Mujuru at a rally, Chiwenga abdicates his role as the commander of the Zimbabwe army assuming new roles as Mugabe’s spokesperson, Zanu PF spokesperson, spokesperson for the war veterans, all rolled in one,” said ZPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire in a statement yesterday .

In his statement Chiwenga said the country’s security forces were on high alert to thwart any such machinations.

“We are aware of all their tricks; even during the liberation struggle we also had the same problems.

“We had numerous rebellions …they are waging a war on the country, the country’s political system, the country’s economy and the defence forces of the country…there is a real assault on the establishment of Zimbabwe,” Chiwenga said.

And Mawarire said Chiwenga’s comments should be condemned in the strongest of terms as they were in contravention of provisions of sections 211 and 208 of the Constitution.

The sections provide that “members of the security services must act in accordance with the Constitution and the law” and must not “act in a partisan manner” or “further the interests of any political party or cause”.

“We respect Chiwenga’s rights as a Zimbabwean, his freedom of expression and his right to associate or join a political party of his choice, but we implore him to do that within the confines of the law and outside his official designation as commander of our armed forces.

“He should, if he wants to be politically active, relinquish his position in the force and join active politics wherein he would subject himself to the vagaries of political criticism without the luxury of falling back on military force against perceived political opponents”.

Mawarire added that it was his party’s belief that Chiwenga’s involvement in partisan politics was a ploy by the country’s security forces to intimidate all those he sees as his opponents.

Comments (12)

Soldiers and policemen who are opposed to the wishes of the struggling citizens of Zimbabwe must be chased away from both high and low density surbubs. They should go and stay at State House. This is a quicker move to remove Robert and his wife

Chomi Chega - 18 August 2016

Can Chiwenga fight the masses of Zimbabwe?? No he cannot. His days are also numbered

Major Nzombe - 18 August 2016

My take is that anyone fighting tooth & nail in RGM's corner is not really thinking about the future but only the present. Such people are useless from a planning perspective irrespective of the project.

Sagitarr - 18 August 2016

yours truly is on record on this platform asking the general to get off his high horse and subject himself to the wishes of the electorate like our president does every five years,the general,according to our esteemed VP cde emmerson dambudzo mnangagwa,was a junior during the liberation struggle and only cutting his teeth during ghukurahundi,yours truly is confident that he can neever lose to the general even the chairmanship of ward cell group

truth - 18 August 2016

Chiwenga ava kuedza kufadza asekuru kuti agoiswawo pari nani coz basa rinenge ravakupera.

chimuti - 18 August 2016

Surely mai Mujuru, kana Mugabe naana Chitepo naana Ndabaningi naana Nkomo vakanga vsina kutanga musangano we Zanu vakaita mute kubisa Smith ne hondo imwiwo maizobva ku Chikoro at Form 3 muchiti murikuenda kuhondo kwaani. Handiti makazoenda kuhondo through kuronga kwaana Mugabe. Zvombo zvokurwa kana vana President vakanga vasina kuronga maizviwanepi. Ndizvo zvirikutsanangurwa nava Chiwenga. Kutsamwiswa kuriko, kutukana kuripo asi ngatishandise pfungwa dzakadzama tichizivawo kuti vanoteerera vanefungwawo. Kurwa muhondo handi ngamba chete but kronga hondo yacho kwakatosimba. Ndokusaka vana Smith vanga vakati nanga nanga na RGM.

naome - 18 August 2016

The general has dragged himself into the volatile muddy waters of the present political situation, in effort to clean up himself. Technically he is now engaged in this whole zanu pf political mess. He will not survive the mud slinging both from within and outside the house. Mugabe himself will give him a boot as the check mate closes in.

X-MAN IV - 18 August 2016

Are there enemies trying to destroy Zimbabwe - or are these enemies in Chiwenga's mind? I think the latter

david taylor - 18 August 2016

That is the reason why he was chosen commander ahead of better and well polished soldiers to say what he is saying now , He is paying back now and bcoz he is dander head he does not know all what he is saying is a sin to citizens and once his handler goes he shall be nailed for that nonsense .

Diibulaanyika - 19 August 2016

Brothers and sisters; fathers and mothers; uncles and aunties, and sons and daughters; I beg I beg I beg! Why have we allowed ourselves to be abused under the guise of 'i am a war veteran, i fought in the struggle...' blah blah blah... How many of you were 12 years or so in the rural areas, who can give proper account of things in that period. The liberation struggle era is gone, gone and gone for good; its closed chapter unless you want to continue being abused. This is an era of not independence but democracy and development. To the brainless goons, let this be clear..., our people have suffered because of our own stupidity but a new generation "Of a Pharoah who knows no Joseph" has arisen and its for a purpose. "My children must go back to Canaan and heaken to that voice". The Chiwengas of this world are nothing because the international community, "bees in Makandiwa prophesy" will sting them sooner than later! I STILL LOVE ALL!

Save - 19 August 2016

That's what illiterate people think and say, like you Mawarire

chimugoti - 19 August 2016

You know what Zimbabwans, what the Chiwengas of this world are doing is just natural. They are so comfortable in their undeserved patronage positions and will fight anyone who may threaten them. The fools are us poor citizens who will be convinced by a fully fed, obese operative that things will be fine. Yes, things will always be fine for the inner circle and never for the povo. Hence the People First moniker makes a lot of sense at this juncture, the chefs have for long been feeding first and finishing all.

Samaita - 19 August 2016

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