By Staff Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S feared military has issued an indirect warning on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace for allegedly purging war veterans from the ruling party and attempts to block party rivals from taking part in the Zanu PF’s December congress.
This follows the shock sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa by the Zimbabwean leader a week ago, coupled with an earlier expulsion of war veterans chair Chris Mutsvangwa and a handful others.
At a press briefing on Monday, Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander, General Constantino Chiwenga (pictured)issued the chilling warning to ruling party politicians he said were issuing “reckless” statements against the military.
“We note with concerns the drive by some politicians to drive a wedge between the security services for their own interests; this is unacceptable,” Chiwenga said.
Chiwenga said the military will not sit idle while counter revolutionary elements were fanning unrest within Zanu PF.
“We want to state here and now that the history of our revolution cannot be re-written by those who have not been part of it,” Chiwenga said without mentioning any names.
“Having said that, we strongly urge the following; 1, to stop reckless utterances by politicians from the ruling party denigrating the military which is causing alarm and despondency within the rank and file.
“The current purging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with liberation background must stop forthwith.
“The known counter-revolution elements who have fermented the current instability in the party must be exposed and fished out.
“As the party goes for the extra ordinary congress, members must go with equal opportunity to exercise their democratic rights.
“Cdes and friends, ladies and gentlemen, we remain committed to protecting our legacy and those bent on hijacking the revolution will not be allowed to do so.”
The statement by the military also follows a current push by Zanu PF politicians to dislodge more than 100 party loyalists linked to Mnangagwa.