Zimbabwe Defence Forces boss warns army will not hesitate to step in to save the country


While our people may be persuaded to take what is going on in Zanu=PF as internal political matters in that Party, the truth remains that Zanu-PF’s conduct and behaviour as a ruling Party has a direct impact on the lives of every citizen; hence all of us regardless of political affiliation are affected by the Party’s manner of doing business. from a security point of view we cannot ignore the experiences of countries such as Somalia, DRC, Central Africa Republic and many others in our region where minor political differences degenerated into serious conflict that has decimated the social, political and economic security of ordinary people.

Section 212 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Defence Forces to protect Zimbabwe, its people, its national security and interests and its territorial integrity and to uphold this Constitution.

Among other security threats that are coming out of what are the reckless utterances denigrating the military which are causing despondency within the rank and file. Further, we note with concern the attempts by some politicians to drive a wedge within the security services for their own selfish interests. This is unacceptable. We take great exception to this behaviour. There is only one Commander in Chief, His Excellency The President, HEad of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde. R. G Mugabe

The military is an institution whose roles cut across the wider spectrum of Government support functions in the form of Military Aid to Civil Power and Military Aid to Civil Ministries, which are roles derived from Defence Instruments. Therefore we want to state here and now that the history of our revolution cannot be rewritten by those who have not been part of it. Having said that we strongly urge the Party:

• 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 a liberation background must stop

• The known counter revolutionary elements who have fermented the current instability in the Party must be exposed and fishe out.

• As the Party goes for the Extra-ordinary Congress, members must go with equal opportunity to exercise their democratic rights.

Comrades and friends, ladies and gentlemen, we remain committed to protecting our legacy and those bent on high-jacking the revolution vii not be allowed to do so. Further, we must understand that the freedoms that we enjoy today were as a result of supreme sacrifice by some of our country men and women and this must not be taken for granted. Let us remove this air of uncertainty and allow Zimbabweans to enjoy their freedoms and rights as enshrined in the national Constitution.


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