ZANU-PF youth leader says they are solidly behind Mugabe – ED responds


Comrade Chiwenga lampoons the party and government for poor economic indicators whilst conveniently forgetting the effects of sanctions, recession and ignores the valiant efforts by the Government to mitigate suffering through programmes like Command Agriculture which he has been extolling at every point and place. He also conveniently forgets to mention the sterling efforts of the government in the price stabilisation of basic commodities. As Commander of the Defence Forces Comrade Chiwenga, we await a report on the whereabouts of the missing 15 billion dollars as the army never accounted for the revenue after extraction. This money would go a long way in the obtaining hardships the soldiers are facing and improve their welfare and morale. Comrade Chiwenga cannot have his cake and eat it too. He also cannot benefit from his own mischief and misdeeds in that together with the former Minister of Defence now fugitive Comrade Dambudzo Mnangagwa, they dismally failed in the stewardship of revenue streams that flowed from Diamond concessions allocated to the Defence Forces whose sole purpose was cushioning the Defence Forces from economic hardships. A day will come when those responsible will have to account to the people.

We notice that Comrade Chiwenga is prescribing the way the party should handle its affairs and electoral processes. With all due respect this is overstepping his boundaries and mandate. Zimbabwe is in a time of peace not war, therefore martial law prescriptions have no room and will not be tolerated in the Revolutionary Parry. Cde Chiwenga seems to be operating under a misapprehension that the appointment of Cde Darnbudzo Mnanagwa as Deputy President was an anointing of him as successor to the President. He should be reminded of several leaders of the party like Ndabaningi Sithole,Edgar Tekere,Runaida Mujuru and others who fell by the wayside and yet the party became stronger. It is very curious that when Runaida Mujuru fell to the party, democratic process, there was a deafening silence by the same forces who now cry wolf. The war of liberation should not be privatised as the povo also suffered the brunt of the war. The teachings of Mao Tse Tung taught that the people were the water and the comrades the fish and the two complemented each other.

We therefore view dimly all those who minimise the role of the people as they were important stakeholders and stockholders of the revolution. The election of civilian leaders to lofty positions in the party is recognising this fact and is not a reversal of the revolutionary creed. None has a monopoly to the war of liberation. The learned Comrade Chiwenga who has recently acquired his Phd Degree should easily understand this elementary fact.

The creative destruction in Zanu PF is democracy at play. Cde Mnangagwa was voted out by an unanimous vote of all provinces and organs . We on this day choose to stand by the will of the people like General Josiah Tongogara, Jason Ziyapapa Moyo. Nikita Mangena, and Vitalis Zvinavashe. Those who want to stand in front of the Freedom Train will go the way of Nyathi of Nyadzonya, Hamadziripi and Ndabaningi Sithole. We are watching you and toyeuchidzaana that you were very instrumental in the creation of one centre of power in the party only because then it was benefiting your surrogate and fugitive Darnbudzo Mnangagwa. Now that the shoe is on the other foot you now throw tantrums. Consistency and conforming to principles you set for others is what maketh a revolutionary Comrade Chiwenga. Zimbabwe is a democracy and ZANU-PF has beenentrusted as the custodian of the liberation and revolutionary flame.

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