Zimbabwe’s army chief has called for an immediate end to purges within President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party following the dismissal last week of the country’s vice president.
In a rare statement, General Constantino Chiwenga warned on Monday that the military could intervene if the infighting in the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) did not stop.
“The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” Chiwenga told a media conference in the capital, Harare.
“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” he said, adding that the instability was causing anxiety in the country.
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who joined the struggle for Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle at a young age, was sacked by Mugabe on November 6 for showing “traits of disloyalty”.
Explaining the reasons for Mnangagwa dismissal, information minister Simon Khaya Moyo said: “The vice president has consistently and persistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability.
“It had become evident that his conduct in his discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities.”
The expulsion of Mnangagwa, a former minister of defence and state security, had removed a potential successor to Mugabe, the 93-year-old president and leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party.
It had also cleared the way for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed her husband. Zimbabwe’s first lady leads the ruling party’s Women’s League, and has been endorsed as a potential candidate for the vice presidency by some structures within ZANU-PF.
The day before Mnangagwa’s removal, Grace Mugabe called the vice president a “coup plotter” and a “coward” in a speech that shook ZANU-PF.
The speech came a day after Mugabe publicly criticised Mnangagwa for the first time during a speech at a rally on November 4.
Some powerful army generals backed Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe and have publicly said they will not allow someone who did not fight in the 1970s independence war to rule. Grace Mugabe, 52, did not fight in that war.
Relations between Zimbabwe’s leader and his former vice president soured in August after hints by Mnangagwa’s allies that he had been poisoned by ice cream from a dairy owned by the Mugabes.
Mugabe, who has been leading Zimbabwe since it gained independence in 1980, intends to contest elections due next year and does not face a united opposition.
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on They were going to get married. Now he’s a priest and she’s a sister
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on These photos of a dying nun went viral – and here’s why
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on Why Catholics should beware as high-tech ‘deepfake’ videos emerge
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on Court of Appeal rejects plea from Alfie Evans’ parents
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on Hundreds stranded in Kyegegwa as floods cut off road
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on Rwanda ‘genocide-era’ mass graves found
Apr 26, 2018 Comments Off on COMBONI SISTERS RENEW APPEAL FOR POPE TO RECONSIDER VISIT TO SOUTH SUDAN
Apr 25, 2018 Comments Off on Uganda to get Shs144b loan to fight sex abuse
Mar 02, 2018 Comments Off on What Is the World Like?By Kathleen M.Carroll Even before my return from a...
Apr 03, 2018 Comments Off on You can rise above your tribulationsBy Venansio Ahabwe Jesus Christ told His disciples, “Do...
Mar 02, 2018 Comments Off on Step forward to defend other peopleBy Venansio Ahabwe In the field of socioeconomics, which...
Jan 10, 2018 Comments Off on Curiosity killed the cat – & it came backI wanted to understand the gist of the proverb,...
Dec 05, 2017 Comments Off on Speak the truth, live a happy lifeBy Venansio ahabwe “By the practice of speaking the...
Oct 17, 2017 Comments Off on Respect everyone even the inferiorBy Venansio Ahabwe Society accords respect to people who...
Apr 03, 2018 Comments Off on Every Child needs a Mentor to nurture the seed of Greatness in Him/HerEvery person has things they do with ease which become a...
Mar 02, 2018 Comments Off on Poverty ratio high among school going youthsBy Bwayo Ivan Uganda as a country faces challenges of...