Southern Times Reporter
ZANU-PF Youth League leader Kudzai Chipanga has called Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga to respect the country’s constitution and desist from meddling in party politics.
In statement, Chipanga said the youths were prepared to die in defence of their constitutionally elected leader, President Robert Mugabe.
Chipanga’s was responding to an earlier statement issued by Gen. Chiwenga on Monday in which he said the military will take “corrective measures” to protect the revolution.
“The principle that established ZANU-PF is very clear. The guns will follow the politics not the politics following the guns. Cde Chiwenga therefore cannot be allowed to dictate who will lead the party and government,” Chipanga said.
He said the youths in their millions will not sit idle and allow the military to interfere with the leader of the revolutionary party who was legitimately elected by the people.
Chipanga challenged Gen. Chiwenga and other military figures to freely join politics and not hide behind the barrel of the gun.
He said conniving or conspiring to overthrow a constitutionally elected government is a crime in Zimbabwe and anywhere in the world.
“We also note with concern that the renewal of the party and strengthening of its organs by replacing deadwood, traitors, looters and common criminals is being taken as an attack on war veterans. There are thousands of war veterans keeping a fortified guard with the youths, save for shallow and empty characters like (war veterans chairman Chris) Mutsvangwa, (war veterans secretary-general Victor) Matemadanda, (war veterans publicity secretary Douglas) Mahiya and a few lumpen elements, the war veterans are behind the party.”
Chipanga urged the ZDF commander to emulate the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, Police and Central Intelligence Organisation which were not part of the press briefing on Monday.