Chamisa declares himself army boss

HARARE - Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has taken his battle with President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the country’s leadership a notch higher by referring to himself as the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).

In his Defence Forces Day message yesterday, Chamisa said he was proud of the ZDF’s professional conduct but slammed Zanu PF politicians for “abusing” the country’s security forces since independence from Britain in 1980 saying the development had eroded the force’s integrity.

“That is why, as the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, I will never put you through the experience of being asked to abuse and kill the people you serve,” Chamisa said.

This came in the wake of the shooting of civilians by the military about a fortnight ago following demonstrations against the way the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) ran the July 30 polls.

Government and Zanu PF have laid the blame squarely on the MDC Alliance and its leadership, which they accuse of inciting riotous behaviour.

Chamisa, 40, has since approached the Constitutional Court (Con-Court), contesting Mnangagwa’s poll victory.

Mnangagwa, aged 75, was declared by Zec as having polled 50,8 percent of the vote in the July 30 harmonised elections, against Chamisa’s 44,3 percent.

In court papers filed on Friday last week, the MDC Alliance leader claims to have polled 60 percent of the vote.

The petition scuppered president-elect Mnangagwa’s inauguration as president of Zimbabwe, which had been scheduled for August 12.

The Con-Court is expected to make its determination within 14 days.

Chamisa commended the ZDF’s work in the region and abroad and pledged to “restore the respect and dignity to every individual who has agreed to serve our country”.

“I will make sure that you are loved and celebrated by Zimbabwe and her friends, never shall our people view our military with doubt and contempt.

‘‘On the streets, you will be loved and respected for your service. Our military deserves our respect,” he said.

The former ICT minister said the MDC has had a review of the military and resolved to engage the institution with respect.

“And, as commander-in-chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to re-engage our military in a professional manner.

“Never again will our military be under the control of politicians to engage in activities that diminish its national standing.

“Our military must be above abuse and my government will seize our electoral victory to start an initiative to re-build our armies to allow for a re-orientation of our forces,” Chamisa said.

While condemning the army’s heavy handedness, he insisted that the ZDF was generally professional and that Zimbabweans needed to respect them.

“Our military is professional and I can assure you that, although what happened in Harare was caused by a section of our military, they were carrying out orders given by a politician.

“You can notice that the soldiers who carried out the orders did it with tears streaming down their faces,” Chamisa said adding “as president” he was convinced that professionalism was still in the army ranks.

“When I have taken the military oath as commander-in-chief of such a proud and colourful military force, my commitment is to deploy only if I am convinced that the security of Zimbabwe and the safety of people is at stake”.

Comments (13)

This is one of the jokes of all times

gore - 15 August 2018

There is nothing wrong in dreaming. If wishes were horses!!!!

Chombo - 15 August 2018

Chamisa mhani unogona iwe vakange vatoisa matent ekugadza humambo nemadzviti zvino dololo nyatso teerera kunonzi kutonga muoffice muna Chamisa

g40 - 15 August 2018

Chamisa mhani unogona iwe vakange vatoisa matent ekugadza humambo nemadzviti zvino dololo nyatso teerera kunonzi kutonga muoffice muna Chamisa

g40 - 15 August 2018

Chamisa mhani unogona iwe vakange vatoisa matent ekugadza humambo nemadzviti zvino dololo nyatso teerera kunonzi kutonga muoffice muna Chamisa

g40 - 15 August 2018

Thus why 55 years has to be a minimum age for a presidential candidate. This is childish and stupidity. Kutamba nemadhaka. kuumba mombe ye mavhu chaiko.

simbarashe shoko - 16 August 2018

nhai iwe g40, zvinorambidzwa here kurota??? State House hakupindwe muhope kkkkkkk

Charles Savetu - 16 August 2018

............harahwa kurota ichiyamwa!!!

The Analyst - 16 August 2018

Commander in Chief of the VANGUARD

Pride - 16 August 2018

Taura hako Gore. Uku ndiko kunonzi kuvotomoka chaiko

kane moyo - 16 August 2018

kkkkk uTSAMWISWA bantu uCommander in chief we nkuku

shelter ka MPOFU - 18 August 2018

Vanhu veZanu makavata chaizvo...38 yrs muchirikuda kutongwa nezvidhara zvapera munyati...nxaaa!! Hamuna zvimwe zvirinani zvingamisidzane naChamisa here...?? Zvimadhara are the only best you can offer!! Now see makubira mavotes amusina....shame!!

Chimwamuna Chamimba - 20 August 2018

This young does not even have a majority to pass a piece dreams of being Command in Chief he has drank too Nairobi wine. That day will never come. He must learn to drive a bullet train. Imagine the battle hardened Revolutionary soldiers saluting povo. Tell him Gandanga haridye muriwo! This Zimbabwe- we are all free to dream. He must find his wife first who who is hiding Mischief does not pay do not murk with the armed forces.

Mufaro Sibanda - 21 August 2018

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