ED tightens grip on power

HARARE - In a move that has been widely interpreted as aimed at consolidating his grip on power, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed his deputy retired general Constantino Chiwenga to also head the Defence ministry — barely a week after the latter left his position as commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

This is the first time since the country gained its independence from Britain in April 1980 that a civilian will not be playing an oversight role over the Defence ministry.

Read full story in today's paper.

Comments (6)

Why are being misformed Mr. Editor about facts and history. 1. Ian Smith was in the Royal Air Force as a fighter and fought about no one mourns that He was from the military 2. CNG Chiwenga served his country as a soldier and freedom fight. He is now a civilian responsible Defence same as Mohadi who was a ZIPRA soldier We will not apologize for our sons serving their country in the military Many MPS has sin service in uniform and it not a crime in Zimbabwe to appoint them in civilian roles. If the logic of your write-up were put into Practice Botswana would have no President. If the Chiwenga stood for President and people elected him President we will accept ED's adage - " the voice of the people is the voice of God"

Mufaro Sibanda - 30 December 2017

military this, military that. the civilians will never have a say in Zimbabwe and that's all.

kkhama - 30 December 2017

Pre-independence, ZANU's Dare reChimurenga invariably had both civilians and military elements in its ranks. Vana ava taivanavo muparty kuhondo, why should we discard them now? What's wrong with having retired soldiers, who have always been party cadres from teenage years, in state structures in a post-independence set up??

Cde Kris - 30 December 2017

Would there be so much hullabaloo if Tsvangirayi had ex-Rhodesians soldiers like Bennet and Giles Mutseyekwa in his cabinet in the unlikely event that he(Morgan) gets 50%+1 vote some day in a presidential election?

Hon.Temba P. Mliswa - 30 December 2017

Thanks Mafaro Sibanda. People seem educated but just cant get the fundamentals right. I think people try to be relevant only to discover they are propagating someone`s position. This country means a lot to us Zimbabweans. What is shaping up now in our country should have happened long ago. The West now realizes Africa is now of age and we can easily take the game to them albeit in a smart way. Here we are having changed our guard and very properly regardless of uninformed opinions of the learned ones. It is refreshing to just take time and look back into History. Its Zimbabwe taking its pole position even in the whole world to teach them how to solve your internal politics without much ado. People thought we would slide into anarchy, civil war, you name it. They have so much egg on their faces. Viva Zimbabwe. Hats off to all patriotic Zimbabweans who braced every situation which culminated in this new dispensation. I love my country. I salute all of you. Its so nice to be Zimbabwean. Now we can redouble our efforts working for our country albeit in a new and proper environment. I love this period. Everyone was always praying for this moment that had eluded us for so many years. Lets hit the ground running in all spheres of our calling.

John Wiseman Dalo - 30 December 2017

This government is a travesty, a joke, a circus, a farce, you name it. I am not saying generals can't become vice presidents or even presidents. But, the circumstances in which this whole debacle unraveled leave a giant unwieldy question mark over this appointment. An unconstitutional, yes unconstitutional, takeover of government results in the Vice Presidential appointment of the mastermind of that coup, really guys? If that does not smell like a rat then you need to get your olfactory nerves checked.

Tevin - 30 December 2017

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