ZDF commander says army will protect the revolution
Southern Times Reporter
Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Constantino Chiwenga has said the military will intervene to protect the values of the liberation struggle which he said were under threat from a section of people in the ruling ZANU-PF party.
In a statement, Gen. Chiwenga said the military derives its mandate to intervene from the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“Exalting and extolling the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Chimurenga/Umvukela (liberation struggle) and national liberation struggles and honouring our forbearers and compatriots who toiled for the progress of our country,” read part of the statement.
Gen. Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s history is hinged on the ideals of the revolution dating back to the First Chimurenga where thousands of people perished.
He said any stability in the revolutionary party impacts on people’s social, political and economic lives.
Gen. Chiwenga said what is happening in the revolutionary party is a direct result of the machinations of counter-revolutionaries whose agenda is to destroy the party from within.
The general’s statement comes in the wake of the sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa by President Mugabe who was accused of disloyalty and demonstrating “little probity in the execution of his duties”.
Gen Chiwenga is believed to be a key ally of the fired former vice president.