By Staff Reporter
ZANU PF has finally responded to Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander General Constantino’s alleged threats of a military coup on Monday as he warned President Robert Mugabe, wife, Grace and party officials against attempts to purge war veterans from the ruling party.
At a press briefing, Chiwenga made shock demands to Zanu PF to abandon its plans to dislodge party officials aligned to sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The most powerful soldier in the land said the country’s military will not sit idle as counter revolutionery elements in Zanu PF tried to lead the party astray by victimising war veterans, among some of their rivals.
In a statement Tuesday, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo (pictured) said the utterances by Chiwenga were “treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the Constitutional Order”.
Full statement below:
Consistent with the guiding principle of the National Liberation Struggle, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun.
It is against an understanding of this abiding principle that the statement issued by General Constantino Chiwenga purporting to speak on behalf of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) was not only surprising, but was an outrageous vitiation of professional soldiership and his war time record as a high-ranking freedom fighter entrusted with Command responsibilities in a free and democratic Zimbabwe.
Clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability, the said statement by General Constantino Chiwenga which was not signed, and which did not represent the rest of the Command Element, suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the Constitutional Order. Indeed, this is what happens when the gun seeks to overreach by dictating to politics and norms of Constitutionality.
As the Party running the democratically elected Government of Zimbabwe, ZANU PF will never succumb to any threats, least of all, those deriving from conduct that is inconsistent with the tenets of democracy and Constitutionalism. Not too far back, the President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde R.G. Mugabe who is also Commander-InChief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) reminded members of the Uniformed Forces of their subordinate place and role viz-a-viz; the Political Authority of the Land.
By yesterday’s reprehensible conduct, it would appear that this wise counsel not only went unheeded, but was flagrantly flouted in deference to factional politics and personal ambitions. Such conduct stands unreservedly condemned not only in the Party, but also in our Southern African Region and the entire African Continent where subversion of Constitutional Authority is frowned upon and regarded as an absolute anathema.